social psychiatry

social psychiatry
social psychiatry n
1) a branch of psychiatry that deals in collaboration with related specialties (as sociology and anthropology) with the influence of social and cultural factors on the causation, course, and outcome of mental disorder
2) the application of psychodynamic principles to the solution of social problems

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the branch of psychiatry concerned with the cultural, ecologic, and sociologic facts that engender, precipitate, intensify, prolong, or otherwise complicate maladaptive patterns of behavior and their treatment.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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