A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health

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

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This book offers the first comprehensive presentation of the sociology of mental health and illness, including original, contemporary contributions by experts in the relevant aspects of the field. Divided into three sections, the chapters cover the general perspectives in the field, the social determinants of mental health, and current policy areas affecting mental health services. A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health is designed for classroom use in the fields of sociology, social work, human relations, human services, and psychology. With its useful definitions, overview of the historical, social, and institutional frameworks for understanding mental health and illness, and non-technical style, the text is suitable for advanced undergraduate or lower level graduate students.
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  • Paperback | 694 pages
  • 152.4 x 227.1 x 36.1mm | 930.42g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 27 b/w illus. 32 tables
  • 0521567637
  • 9780521567633
  • 2,164,818

Table of contents

Part I. Approaches to Mental Health and Illness: Conflicting Definitions and Emphases: 1. The nature of mental health and illness David Mechanic; 2. Measuring Mental Illness Jerome C. Wakefield; 3. The prevalence of mental illness Ronald C. Kessler and Sanyang Zhao; 4. Biological approaches to psychiatric disorders Sharon Schwartz; 5. Psychological approaches to mental illness Christopher Peterson; 6. Sociological approaches to mental illness Peggy A. Thoits; 7. The labeling theory of mental disorder (I): the role of social contingencies in the application of psychiatric labels Jo C. Phelan and Bruce C. Link; Part II. The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness; 8. Stress and mental health: a conceptual overview Leonard Pearlin; 9. The Nature of Stressors Blair Wheaton; 10. Social Support and Coping Jay Turner; 11. Outcomes of the stress process Carol S. Aneshensel; 12. Family structure and processes William R. Avison; 13. Social networks and mental health Nan Lin and M. Kirsten Peek; 14. Socioeconomic stratification and mental disorder William W. Eaton and Carles Muntaner; 15. Work and unemployment as stressors Mary Clare Lennon; 16. Race and mental health: emerging patterns and promising approaches David R. Williams and Michelle Harris-Reid; 17. Social stressors in childhood and adolescence Elizabeth G. Menaghan and Frank L. Mott; 18. Well-being across the life course John Mirowsky and Catherine E. Ross; 19. Gender and mental health: do women have more psychopathology, men more, or both the same (and why) David A. Rochefort; 20. The labeling theory of mental disorder (II): The consequences of labeling Bruce C. Link and Jo C. Phelan; Part III. Mental Health Systems and Policy: 21. How do people come to use mental health services? Current knowledge and changing perspectives Bernice A. Pescosolido and Carol A. Boyer; 22. Contemporary mental health systems and managed care Ronald W. Manderscheid, Marilyn J. Henderson, Michael J. Witkin and Joanne E. Atay; 23. Institutional care and its consequences for the delivery of mental health services Mark Schlesinger and Bradford Gray; 24. Integrating service delivery systems for persons with a severe mental illness Joseph P. Morrissey; 25. Mental health policymaking in the intergovernmental system David A. Rochefort; 26. Psychiatric rehabilitation services and outcomes: an overview Susan A. Pickett, Judith A. Cook and Lisa Razzano; 27. An introduction to the mental health consumer movement Caroline L. Kaufmann; 28. Mental illness and the criminal justice system Virginia Aldige Hiday; 29. The HIV-mental health challenge Stephen Crystal and Lori R. Schlosser; 30. Cultural diversity and mental health treatment David T. Takeuchi, Edwina Uehara and Gloria Maramba; 31. Mental health systems in cross-cultural context Harriet P. Lefley; References.
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"A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health is a landmark accomplishment, bringing together the leading researchers in the field to provide a conprehensive review of the state-of-the-art knowledge on the sociology of mental health and mental disorders...the text will find a readership across the mental health disciplines and encourage a new generation of mental health researchers investigating the social origins of mental disorders and their relationship to biological and psychological processes." Mental Health Sevices Research Journal
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