Gender and Mental Health

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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 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814766750
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 0.48 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Pauline M. Prior is Lecturer in Social Policy at The Queen's University of Belfast.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Mental Disorder
2 Defining Mental Disorder 15
3 The Population at Risk 34
4 Approaches to Treatment 51
5 Gender and Normality 77
Pt. II Mental Health Policy
6 Defining Mental Health Policy 99
7 Mental Health Services 116
8 The Law and Mental Disorder 138
9 Crime and Mental Disorder 158
10 A Final Word 177
Bibliography 181
Name Index 194
Subject Index 196
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