A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health: Social Contexts, Theories, and Systems

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-11-16
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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The second edition of A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health provides a comprehensive review of the sociology of mental health. Chapters by leading scholars and researchers present an overview of historical, social and institutional frameworks. Part I examines social factors that shape psychiatric diagnosis and the measurement of mental health and illness, theories that explain the definition and treatment of mental disorders and cultural variability. Part II investigates effects of social context, considering class, gender, race and age, and the critical role played by stress, marriage, work and social support. Part III focuses on the organization, delivery and evaluation of mental health services, including the criminalization of mental illness, the challenges posed by HIV, and the importance of stigma. This is a key research reference source that will be useful to both undergraduates and graduate students studying mental health and illness from any number of disciplines.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Part I: approaches to mental health and illness
An overview of sociological perspectives on the definitions, causes, and responses to mental health and illness
The measurement of mental disorder
The prevalence of mental illness
Biological approaches to psychiatric disorders: a sociological approach
Psychological approaches to mental illness
Sociological approaches to mental illness
Viewing mental health from the complete state paradigm
Mental health systems in cross-cultural context
Introduction to Part II: the social context of mental health and illness
Stressors, stress, and distress
Social support and mental health
Work and unemployment as stressors
Socio-economic stratification and mental disorder
Gender and mental health: do males and females have different amounts or types of problems?
Race and mental health: patterns and challenges
African American women and mental well-being: the triangulation of race, gender, and socioeconomic status
Marital status and mental health
Stress and distress in childhood and adolescence
Psychopathology and risky sexual behaviors among black adolescents
Well-being across the life course
Mental health and terrorism
Introduction to Part III: mental health systems and policy
Understandng the context and dynamic processes of mental health treatment
Cultural diversity and mental health treatment
The mental health consumers/survivors movement in the US
Mental illness and the criminal justice system Virginia
Mental health in organizations and systems
Integrating service delivery systems for persons with severe mental illness
Consequences of managed care for mental health care providers
Mental health and the changing context of HIV
Labelling and stigma
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