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(p. 237) Conceptualizing the Challenge and Moving to Solutions 

(p. 237) Conceptualizing the Challenge and Moving to Solutions
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(p. 237) Conceptualizing the Challenge and Moving to Solutions
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Alan E. Kazdin

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190463281.003.0010
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date: 17 July 2018

This chapter places the challenge of reducing the burdens of mental illness in broader contexts and progresses from these to concrete recommendations on how to proceed toward next steps. The notions of wicked problems and grand challenges provide two contexts for understanding the challenge. From broad concepts, the chapter moves to means of addressing challenges and making progress in concrete ways to reduce the burdents of mental illness. Illustrations are provided of promising efforts in relation to physical health, mental disorders, and substance use and abuse. The critical role of assessment, especially large-scale surveillance measures from public health, is also discussed.

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