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Author Looff, David H
Title Appalachia's Children : The Challenge of Mental Health
Imprint Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, 2009
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Descript 1 online resource (205 pages)
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Note Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Foreword -- Preface -- PART I: TROUBLED CHILDREN -- Chapter 1 Appalachian Themes -- Chapter 2 The Manchester Project -- Chapter 3 Power of the Family -- Chapter 4 In the Clinic: Dependency Themes -- Chapter 5 In the Clinic: Psychosexual Themes -- Chapter 6 In the Clinic: Communication Patterns -- Chapter 7 Family Portrait -- Chapter 8 Some Findings and Comparisons -- Chapter 9 Some Development Conclusions -- PART II: NEW PATHS -- Chapter 10 New Health Programs -- Chapter 11 New Community Programs -- PART Ill: BACKGROUNDS -- Chapter 12 The Region and Its People -- Chapter 13 Operation of the Field Clinics -- Chapter 14 Mental Health of the Very Poor -- Notes -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W
This thoughtful, compassionate book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the Southern Appalachian child -- his mental disorders and his adaptive strengths. Drawing upon his extensive fieldwork as a clinical child psychiatrist in Eastern Kentucky, Dr. Looff suggests means by which these children can be helped to bridge the gap between their subculture and the mainstream of American life today. The children described in this book, the author points out, are in a real sense not "all children." Since no child grows up in a vacuum, the children of Eastern Kentucky cannot be understood apart from the historical, geographic, and socioeconomic characteristics of the area in which they grow. Knowledge of the children requires some knowledge of the lives of parent, teachers, and the many others upon whom they are dependent. That is to say, mental disorder -- or mental health -- is embedded in a social matrix. Dr. Looff therefore examines the milieu of these Southern Appalachian children, their future as adults, and how they can achieve their potential -- whether in their native or an urban setting. In viewing the children within their own cultural framework, Dr. Looff shows how they develop toward mental health or psychopathology, suggesting supportive techniques that build upon the strengths inherent in each child. These strengths, he suggests, rise out of the same culture that burdens the child with handicaps. Dr. Looff's position is one of guarded optimism, based on the successes of the techniques he has used and observed in seven years of work in Appalachian field clinics. Although he details instances of mental disorder in children, and instances of failure in family functioning, he notes at the same time family strengths and sees these strengths as sources of hope. Although this book is based on fieldwork techniques within a specific
area and culture, it is paradigmatically suggestive of wider application. Dr. Looff demonstrates effectively and clearly the profound need for increased concern about what is happening to the rising generation -- the children of Eastern Kentucky, the children of the Southern Appalachian region, and the children of the rural south
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Looff, David H. Appalachia's Children : The Challenge of Mental Health Lexington : University Press of Kentucky,c2009 9780813101446
Subject Child psychopathology -- Appalachian Region.;Poverty -- Psychological aspects.;Mental health services -- Appalachian Region.;Appalachian Region -- Social conditions
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