Three key points are relevant. First, the rise in psychosocial disorders was marked during the "golden era" between 1950 and 1970 when there was low unemployment, improved living standards and a reduction in the gap between the rich and poor. Crime rose markedly but poverty fell. Second, the rise in psycho-social disorders during the last 50 years does not just apply to crime and includes those which occur with roughly comparable frequency in all social groups. The rise in both sorts of disorder has to be explained. Third, we asked why the overall level of disorder had risen, and not the quite different question of individual differences in risk.
Sir Michael Rutter
Institute of Psychiatry
University of EdinburghReuse content