The Retreat of Social Psychiatry
For all practical purposes social psychiatry has disappeared from the scene of Amer ican psychiatry. Though some social factors continue to be of interest to psychia trists, they have been eclipsed by biological factors. Yet the retreat of social psychiatry cannot be accounted for purely by our increased knowledge of neurobi ology. Rather, the social psychiatry of the 1960s has all but disappeared primarily because interest in social context has vanished. Attention to social factors has been restricted to assessing individual social risk factors, such as stressful life events, or individual social outcomes of psychiatric disorders, such as loss of employment or disruption of the family.