Gender and Mental Health

Gender and Mental Health

by Ryuzo Sato
     
 

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

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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 biases in approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

Prior 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814766750
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
0.48(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1Introduction1
Pt. IMental Disorder
2Defining Mental Disorder15
3The Population at Risk34
4Approaches to Treatment51
5Gender and Normality77
Pt. IIMental Health Policy
6Defining Mental Health Policy99
7Mental Health Services116
8The Law and Mental Disorder138
9Crime and Mental Disorder158
10A Final Word177
Bibliography181
Name Index194
Subject Index196

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