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Gender and Mental Health
     

Gender and Mental Health

by Pauline Prior
 

ISBN-10: 0814766757

ISBN-13: 9780814766750

Pub. Date: 08/01/1999

Publisher: New York University Press

Gender and Mental Health provides a critical introduction to the ways in which gender affects mental health experiences and mental health service use. The volume is unique in including a policy perspective and an overview-including a look at crime, the law, and service structures-of society's responses to mental disorders.

Recent research has challenged

Overview

Gender and Mental Health provides a critical introduction to the ways in which gender affects mental health experiences and mental health service use. The volume is unique in including a policy perspective and an overview-including a look at crime, the law, and service structures-of society's responses to mental disorders.

Recent research has challenged basic assumptions that women are more prone than men to mental disorders, and has highlighted the increasing visibility of men in psychiatric statistics in the twentieth century. Yet, gender differences continue to be intertwined with risk factors in socioeconomic conditions and in biased approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

Prior here examines the individual experiences of mental disorders for both men and women and explores a range of mental health policy issues including concepts of normality, trends in mental health care legislation and service delivery, the differing impacts of national mental health policies on women and on men, and changing views of disorders linked with sexual identity and orientation.

Based on up-to-date information from both the United States and Europe, this volume will be useful to a broad range of scholars and professionals in psychology, sociology, social policy, gender studies, social work, medicine, and law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814766750
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 8.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgementsix
1Introduction1
Why write another book on gender and mental health?2
New knowledge3
Summary of contents8
Part IMental Disorder
2Defining Mental Disorder15
Legal definitions16
Medical definitions19
Alternative perspectives24
Culture and mental disorder29
3The Population at Risk34
Gender and prevalence34
Mental disorders associated with women42
Mental disorders associated with men47
Finding the population at risk50
4Approaches to Treatment51
Different perspectives51
Hospital care54
Community care57
Therapies within mainstream psychiatry61
Non-medical approaches70
5Gender and Normality77
Feminism78
The male perspective82
Sexuality86
Psychiatry and the gender debates91
Part IIMental Health Policy
6Defining Mental Health Policy99
A conceptual framework100
Modelling the policy system101
Analysing policy processes102
Understanding decision-making104
The impact of ideologies106
Changing trends in health policy110
7Mental Health Services116
Recent trends118
Current services in Europe120
Current services in the USA126
Gender and the use of services131
8The Law and Mental Disorder138
The scope of mental health law138
Mental health law in Europe144
Mental health law in the USA149
A gendered impact?155
9Crime and Mental Disorder158
Is there a link?158
Gender and crime163
Services for offenders with mental disorders168
Inside 'special hospitals'173
10A Final Word177
Bibliography181
Name Index194
Subject Index196

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