The Sociology of Mental Illness

The Sociology of Mental Illness : A Comprehensive Reader

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The Sociology of Mental Illness is a comprehensive collection of readings designed to help students develop a nuanced and sophisticated appreciation of the most important, heated--and fascinating--controversies in the field. Drawing primarily from sociological sources, the text features both classical and contemporary selections that cover the full range of sociological topics, perspectives, and debates, including the social construction of mental illness, the social origins of mental illness, and contemporary mental health treatment. This rich, varied assortment gives students a "roadmap" to the evolution and development of sociological research over time and insight into key controversies in the field. Selections include such classical readings as Scheff's original statement of labeling theory, contemporary reports on the prevalence of mental illness in countries around the world, and recent analyses of the changing treatment system. The readings are organized progressively in order to help students recognize the dynamic character of mental health research and the important role that controversies play in advancements in the field; this organization also gives students the tools they need to formulate their own views and opinions on crucial matters. A versatile, engaging text, The Sociology of Mental Illness is ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in the sociology of mental more

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  • Paperback | 880 pages
  • 149.86 x 233.68 x 40.64mm | 1,133.98g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous black and white line drawings
  • 0195381718
  • 9780195381719
  • 1,182,085

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"I wholeheartedly agree with the authors that a new book for courses in the sociology of mental health and illness is needed. The books on today's market are overly psychological, too brief, or too narrow to provide a full discourse of the sociological research and theory on this subject. I like McLeod and Wright's de-emphasis on disorder classification, reversing a major sociological failure of several competing books. I also like their emphasis on social construction approaches. This book can serve either as a stand-alone text or a companion book for courses in the sociology of mental health and illness. I would be highly likely to adopt this book as a primary text in an undergraduate course."--Allen Furr, University of Louisvilleshow more

About Jane McLeod

Jane D. McLeod is Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculties Department of Sociology at Indiana University-Bloomington. Eric R. Wright is Professor and Director of the Center for Health Policy, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, at Indiana University-Purdue University more

Table of contents

I. DEFINITIONS OF MENTAL ILLNESS; WHAT IS MENTAL ILLNESS? PSYCHIATRIC PERSPECTIVES; Medical Model of Madness: The Emergence of Mental Illness, Peter Conrad and Joseph W. Schneider; Mental Illness as Psychiatric Disorder, Martha Livingston Bruce; WHAT IS MENTAL ILLNESS? SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES; The Discovery of Hyperkinesis, Peter Conrad; The Three Faces of PMS: The Professional, Gendered, and Scientific Structuring of a Psychiatric Disorder, Anne E. Figert; CULTURE AND THE DEFINITION OF MENTAL ILLNESS; What Is a Psychiatric Diagnosis?, Arthur Kleinman; Did Antidepressants Depress Japan?, Kathryn Schultz; II. PREVALENCE AND PATTERNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS; THE MEASUREMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL ILLNESS; Issues in Mental Health Assessment, Galen E. Switzer, Mary Amanda Dew, and Evelyn J. Bromet; The Categorical Versus Dimensional Controversy in the Sociology of Mental Illness, Ronald C. Kessler; Measurement for a Human Science, John Mirowsky and Catherine E. Ross; CURRENT PREVALENCE ESTIMATES IN THE UNITED STATES; Prevalence and Treatment of Mental Disorders, 1990-2003, Ronald C. Kessler, Olga Demler, Richard G. Frank, Mark Olfson, Harold Alan Pincus, Ellen E. Walters, Phillip Wang, Kenneth B. Wells, and Alan M. Zaslavsky; The Epidemic in Mental Illness: Clinical Fact or Survey Artifact?, Allan V.Horwitz and Jerome C. Wakefield; CURRENT CROSS-NATIONAL PREVALENCE ESTIMATES; Lifetime Prevalence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of Mental Disorders in the World Health Organizations' World Mental Health Survey Initiative, Ronald C. Kessler et al. for the WHO World Mental Health Survey Consortium; III. THE SOCIAL ORIGINS OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ILLNESS; BASIC CONCEPTS; Research in Mental Health: Social Etiology versus Social Consequences, Carol S. Aneshensel; The Sociological Study of Stress, Leonard I. Pearlin; Multiple Identities and Psychological Well-Being: A Reformulation and Test of the Social Isolation Hypothesis, Peggy A. Thoits; The Epidemiology of Social Stress, R. Jay Turner, Blair Wheaton, and Donald A. Lloyd; ROLES, SOCIAL STATUSES, AND MENTAL HEALTH; Sex Differences in Distress: Real or Artifact?, John Mirowsky and Catherine E. Ross; Revisiting the Relationships among Gender, Marital Status, and Mental Health, Robin W. Simon; Clarifying the Relationship between Parenthood and Depression, Ranae J. Evenson and Robin W. Simon; Low Socioeconomic Status and Mental Disorders: A Longitudinal Study of Selection and Causation during Young Adulthood, Richard A. Miech, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie E. Moffitt, Bradley R. Entner Wright, and Phil A. Silva; Recession and Well-Being, Mark Tausig and Rudy Fenwick; Racial Differences in Physical and Mental Health: Socioeconomic Status, Stress, and Discrimination, David R. Williams, Yan Yu, James S. Jackson, and Norman B. Anderson; Childhood Parental Loss and Adult Depression, Jane D. McLeod; Status, Role, and Resource Explanations for Age Patterns in Psychological Distress, Scott Schieman, Karen van Gundy, and John Taylor; The Struggle to Gauge a War's Psychological Cost, Benedict Carey; IV. STIGMA AND THE SOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF THE EXPERIENCE OF MENTAL ILLNESS; LABELING; The Role of the Mentally Ill and the Dynamics of Mental Disorder: A Research Framework, Thomas Scheff; Societal Reaction as an Explanation of Mental Illness: An Evaluation, Walter R. Gove; A Modified Labeling Theory Approach to Mental Disorders: An Empirical Assessment, Bruce G. Link, Francis T. Cullen, Elmer Struening, Patrick E. Shrout, and Bruce P. Dohrenwend; STIGMA; Americans' Views of Mental Illness and Health at Century's End: Continuity and Change, Bernice A. Pescosolido, Jack K. Martin, Bruce G. Link, Saeko Kikuzawa, Giovanni Burgos, Ralph Swindle, and Jo Phelan; HELP-SEEKING AND UTILIZATION; The Moral Career of the Mental Patient, Erving Goffman; The Social Dynamics of Responding to Mental Health Problems, Bernice A. Pescosolido, Carol A. Boyer, and Keri M. Lubell; Illness and Identity, David Karp; V. THE HISTORY AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF MENTAL HEALTH POLICY AND TREATMENT; SOCIOHISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT AND POLICY; The New World of the Asylum, David J. Rothman; Cycles of Reform in the Care of the Chronically Mentally Ill, Joseph P. Morrissey and Howard H. Goldman; Psychiatric Hospital Capacity, Homelessness, and Crime Arrest Rates, Fred E. Markowitz; SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON CONTEMPORARY MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND TREATMENT; Psychiatric Emergency Room Decision Making, Social Control and the 'Undeserving Sick,' Alisa Lincoln; Labeling Mental Illness: The Effects of Received Services and Perceived Stigma on Life Satisfaction, Sarah Rosenfield; Communities of Care: A Theoretical Perspective on Case Management Models in Mental Health, Bernice A. Pescosolido, Eric R. Wright, and William Patrick Sullivan; Reluctant Managers and Ideologies of Care, Teresa L. Sheid; VI. MENTAL ILLNESS, THE FAMILY, AND SOCIETY; MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE FAMILY; Caregiver Stress and Dimensions of Family Burden, Harriet Lefley; Navigating the Storm of Mental Illness: Phases in the Family's Journey, Susan A. Muhlbauer; MENTAL ILLNESS AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS; Police as Streetcorner Psychiatrist: Managing the Mentally Ill, Linda A. Teplin and Nancy S. Pruett; Mental Disorder and Violence: An Examination of Stressful Life Events and Social Support, Eric Silver and Brent Teasdale; Assessing the Economic Costs of Serious Mental Illness, Thomas R. Insel; There's No Place Like (a) Home: Ontological Security Among Persons with Serious Mental Illness in the United States, Deborah K. Padgett; THE CONSUMER AND FAMILY MOVEMENTS; From Ex-patient Alternatives to Consumer Options: Consequences of Consumerism for Psychiatric Consumers and the Ex-patient Movement, Athena Helen McLean; THE FUTURE OF THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM; Fixing the System, E. Fuller Torrey; Excerpts from the executive summary of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health's final reportshow more

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