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Without further detailing the methodology, I would like to emphasize one point, i.e., a psychiatric crisis need no longer be considered the point of departure for a family member, but rather can be regarded as an entrée for helping the entire family to cope with interpersonal conflicts. With the kind of help offered in a mental health center, families as total units can often attain a better adjustment than before, and the illness stemming from interpersonal difficulty will not rest entirely on the scapegoat member. In summary, I should like to emphasize that modern psychiatry is beginning to see the family rather than the individual as the fundamental psycho-social unit for both diagnosis and treatment of disorders. At the same time, community mental health centers are bringing facilities back into the community as a means of repairing rather than rupturing families.
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