The text has many strengths. Most important, it emphasizes practice based on theoretical frameworks. This is reflected in the title focusing on the interpersonal approach. Hildegard E. Peplau, the founder of psychiatric–mental health nursing theory and practice, developed the theory of interpersonal relations, which views the interpersonal process between nurse and patient as the essential vehicle for recovery. Joyce Travelbee, a contemporary of Peplau, gives further credence to the importance of the interpersonal process, as explicated in her human-to-human relationship theory. Interpersonal relationship theories are thoughtfully woven throughout the text. The volume also addresses mental health concerns across the lifespan, giving insights into issues specific to children, adolescents, families, and the elderly population. Topics include dealing with abuse and victimization, working with vulnerable populations, and addressing the effects of substance abuse and general medical illness on mental health. The final chapters on cultural, ethical, legal, and health policy issues discuss additional complexities affecting mental health practice today.