Working With Families of the Poor, 2nd ed

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How to serve the multicrisis poor? Working With Families of the Poor, Second Edition, presents a multisystem approach in which one or more agencies interact with the families to address problems, including psychiatric disorders (especially substance abuse). The authors provide brilliant descriptions of how families as systems attempt to survive, how government agencies as systems attempt to help, and how the 2 or more systems interact. We write “two or more,” because more than one family may be involved, and more than one agency often is needed.

J Clin Psychiatry 2009;70(1):146