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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 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 nontechnical style, the text is suitable for advanced undergraduate or lower level graduate students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521567633
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 676
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Pt. I Approaches to Mental Health and Illness: Conflicting Definitions and Emphases 1
1 Mental Health and Mental Illness: Definitions and Perspectives 12
2 The Measurement of Mental Disorder 29
3 The Prevalence of Mental Illness 58
4 Biological Approaches to Psychiatric Disorders 79
5 Psychological Approaches to Mental Illness 104
6 Sociological Approaches to Mental Illness 121
7 The Labeling Theory of Mental Disorder (I): The Role of Social Contingencies in the Application of Psychiatric Labels 139
Pt. II The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness 151
8 Stress and Mental Health: A Conceptual Overview 161
9 The Nature of Stressors 176
10 Social Support and Coping 198
11 Outcomes of the Stress Process 211
12 Family Structure and Processes 228
13 Social Networks and Mental Health 241
14 Socioeconomic Stratification and Mental Disorder 259
15 Work and Unemployment as Stressors 284
16 Race and Mental Health: Emerging Patterns and Promising Approaches 295
17 Social Stressors in Childhood and Adolescence 315
18 Well-Being across the Life Course 328
19 Gender and Mental Health: Do Women Have More Psychopathology, Men More, or Both the Same (and Why)? 348
20 The Labeling Theory of Mental Disorder (II): The Consequences of Labeling 361
Pt. III Mental Health Systems and Policy 377
21 How Do People Come to Use Mental Health Services? Current Knowledge and Changing Perspectives 392
22 Contemporary Mental Health Systems and Managed Care 412
23 Institutional Change and Its Consequences for the Delivery of Mental Health Services 427
24 Integrating Service Delivery Systems for Persons with a Severe Mental Illness 449
25 Mental Health Policy Making in the Intergovernmental System 467
26 Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services and Outcomes: An Overview 484
27 An Introduction to the Mental Health Consumer Movement 493
28 Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System 508
29 The HIV-Mental Health Challenge 526
30 Cultural Diversity and Mental Health Treatment 550
31 Mental Health Systems in Cross-Cultural Context 566
References 585
Name Index 659
Subject Index 673
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