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Psychiatric Briefs

Primary Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2002;4(2):81-85

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The psychiatric services literature has long reported mental illness to be a chief cause of criminal activity, homelessness, and unemployment in mentally ill individuals. This literature, however, often ignores the impact of the broader social context that encompasses mental illness and these social ills. This article analyzes the approach traditionally used in psychiatric services research to link social ills and mental illness and compares the findings of such research with findings of studies that take the broader social context of mental illness into account. ‚Äč