Behind the Terms

Discussions of Key Terms in Behavioral Health

This section provides users with the “stories” behind specific key terms in behavioral health that may have different meanings and signify different concepts, depending on the context. Within each Behind the Term discussion, you can find information on 

  • The origin or derivation of the term
  • Its meaning as a social construct within the behavioral health field
  • If and how it is used across social, psychological, medical, or other domains
  • Its relationship to other similar terms or concepts
  • Additional information and related programs or resources

For reviews of current terms, see below.


Last Updated: 07/26/2017