Psychiatric epidemiology and the Chicago School of Sociology

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Abstract

This article explores the Chicago School of Sociology’s influence on psychiatric epidemiology. While the Chicago School text usually associated with psychiatric epidemiology is the 1939 book by Faris and Dunham, it is important to acknowledge the influence of earlier Chicago School projects during the 1920s. These projects, tackling everything from homelessness and delinquency to the ghetto and suicide, provided models not only for Faris and Dunham, but also for numerous methodological and theoretical insights for the social psychiatry projects that would emerge after World War II. The social sciences and the humanities still have important roles to play in informing contemporary approaches to psychiatric epidemiology and deriving ways to tackle the socio-economic problems that contribute to mental illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-29
Number of pages19
JournalHistory of Psychiatry
Volume35
Issue number1
Early online date6 Dec 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Chicago School of Sociology
  • psychiatric epidemiology
  • influence
  • homelessness
  • delinquency
  • suicide
  • socioeconomic problems
  • mental illness

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