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Improving Children's Lives: Global Perspectives on Prevention, by George W. Albee, Lynne A. Bond, Toni V C Monsey

The successes, failures, obstacles and possibilities for promoting healthier development and well-being among children around the world are considered in this volume. The many physical and psychological problems, both common and unique, that face young people are considered.

Authors examine sources of stress such as inadequate parenting, war and poverty; explore such topics as social policies, children's rights, and prevention and reduction of conduct disorders; and consider possible interventions. The suffering created by the growing division between the worlds of the wealthy and of the poverty-stricken is put into sharp perspective.

Beyond the Disease Model of Mental Disorders by Donald Kiesler

After a comprehensive review of the relevant scientific evidence, Kiesler concludes that the study of mental disorders must be guided by multicausal theories and research that systematically include an array of biological, psychological, and sociocultural causal factors. Kiesler adds that, in order for this to be accomplished, the mental health field and the public at large must first abandon the invalid monocausal biomedical (disease) model of mental disorder. This is a similar conclusion to that reached by Elliot Valenstein of Michigan State University.

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George Albee, PhD
---Advocate for non-drug treatment of psychological disorders

George Albee was the former President American Psychological Association, and an advocate for non-pharmaceutical treatment of mental health disorders, especially when addressing children's mental health issues.

George Albee, PhD, Psychology Professor, former president of American Psychological Association. Albee felt that psychiatric drugs for children with mental health disorders was never a good idea, and that psychiatric drugs for adults was overemphasized.Albee was born in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, he attended Bethany College and graduated in 1943. He was drafted into the Army Air Force until the end of World War II.

After leaving the forces he attended the University of Pittsburgh where he attained his Masters and Doctorate degrees. Having received his doctorate in 1949 he spent the next two years in a research appointment at Western Psychiatric Institute, later working for the APA as assistant executive secretary.

In 1953 Albee went to Finland for a year as a Fulbright scholar, before returning to the USA to become a Professor at Case Western Reserve University, a post he held for 16 years. In 1971 Albee left Case Western for a position at the University of Vermont. He remained here until his retirement in 1991. During that time, he married Constance Impallaria, and had four children: Alec, Luke, Maud and Sarah. Albee was president of the American Psychological Association for 1969-1970.

During his career Albee was the author of groundbreaking studies in the 50's and 60's, that showed societal factors such as poverty, racism, sexism and child abuse, were to a large degree responsible for mental illness. He believed the psychological profession needed to focus more on prevention, rather than one to one treatment.

After his retirement Albee spent time traveling around the world giving lectures on psychology. He also found time to write a humor column for his local newspaper the Longboat Observer. He was the author of more than 200 articles and book chapters on community approaches to mental illness, as well as writing more than a dozen books.

  • Served on Eisenhower's and Carter's Presidential Commissions on mental health.
  • From 1969 – 1970 Albee was the President of the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • 1973 received the APA Distinguished Professional Contribution Award.
  • 1993 awarded the American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal.
  • 1997 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Applied Preventive Psychology.

George Albee was not Supportive of the Medical Model,
but Emphasized Social Issues as the Cause for Mental Health Disorders

Albee was not in support of the widespread us of psychiatric medications, during a time period when the practice of using psychiatric medication was just becoming widely popular in the 1960s. The use of medication for psychiatric illness only began to be used widely in psychiatric hospitals in the late 1950s and became popular in the 1960s.

Ritalin and amphetamines only came to be widely used for children around the beginning of the 1970s. Albee believed that especially in the case of children, psychiatric medication was inappropriate and inadvisable. See Sharna Olfman.

While Albee stressed social causes for mental health disorders, later researches provide evidence that there are multi-causal factors involved in the development of even serious mental health disorders such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Both biological, psychological, and sociocultural causal factors are most likely involved. Lifestyles also affect the development of mental health disorders.

Some of the factors contributing to the development of mental health disorders are controllable. Awareness of all factors involved with the development and the prevention of mental health disorders, can contribute to better treatment, self-help and education on this subject.

Interview with George Albee (1999):

Q: Tell us a little about prevention and what it means for us.

A: Prevention is the act of stopping or hindering something from happening. True primary prevention deals with people who show no overt signs of having a disorder. You look for people who are high risk, and you do things in advance in order to reduce the probability tat they will develop a particular disorder. It is very similar to immunizations.

I am ordered because of my age to get a flu shot every fall. It is not because I have any symptoms of the flu, but because I am in a high risk group. People who are in high risk groups are the targets.

For remainder of Interview see: Brown University - George Albee Interview

References for George Albee, PhD page:

Copac National, Academic, and Specialist Library Catalogue

George W. Albee, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Vermont.
American Psychological Association (APA) https://www.apa.org/pi/wpo/george_photos.html

Photo: George Albee, courtesy of University of Vermont, Psychology Department. https://www.uvm.edu/~galbee/index.html

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