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This second edition of the Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health features theory-driven reviews of recent research with a comprehensive approach to the investigation of the ways in which society shapes the mental health of its members and the lives of those who have been diagnosed as having a mental illness

The award-winning Handbook is distinctive in its focus on how the organization and functioning of society influences the occurrence of mental disorder and its consequences. A core issue that runs throughout the text concerns the differential distribution of mental illness across various social strata, defined by status characteristics such as gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and age. The contributions to this volume shed light on the social, cultural, and economic factors that explain why some social groups have an elevated risk of disorder. They also address the social repercussions of mental disorder for individuals, including stigmatization within the larger society, and for their families and social networks.

The second edition of this seminal volume includes substantial updates to previous chapters, as well as seven new chapters on: -The Individual’s Experience of Mental Illness.--The Medicalization of Mental Illness.---Age, Aging, and Mental Health.- -Religion and Mental Health.- -Neighborhoods and Mental Health.- -Mental Health and the Law—and Public Beliefs about Mental Illness.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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From the preface: "Most of this handbook is devoted to the explanation of one elementary observation: Disorder is not uniformly distributed throughout society, but occurs more densely within some social strata than others." Aneshensel (public health, UCLA) and Phelam (public health, Columbia) lead the list of the 40- plus scholars who contributed to this volume. Twenty-eight contributions are organized into sections on how we view mental illness; the impact of social, economic, cultural, and political forces on the science of mental health; the social distribution of mental illness; social antecedents and consequences of mental illness; and the institutional contexts of the field. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306460692
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/31/1999
  • Series: Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 652
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol S. Aneshensel is Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles. She specializes in the fields of the sociology of mental health and medical sociology, with an emphasis on the social origins of stress and its impact on depression. Her work spans the life course from adolescence through advanced old age. Her most recent work examines the linkages between the socioeconomic stratification and racial/ethnic segregation of neighborhoods and mental health. She has received the Leonard I. Pearlin Award for distinguished contributions to the sociological study of mental health and the Leo G. Reeder Award for distinguished contributions to medical sociology from the American Sociological Association.

Jo C. Phelan is Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her broad research focus is on social inequalities, particularly on the interplay between social structural conditions and social psychological processes in producing, maintaining or changing those inequalities. Her current research interests include socioeconomic inequalities as “fundamental causes” of inequalities in health and mortality; public conceptions of mental illness; and stigma, particularly stigma associated with mental illnesses.

Alex Bierman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary. His research is broadly concerned with using mental health as a means to illustrate the importance of structural arrangements for individuals’ lives. His current research interests include examining how social statuses and a life course context intersect to shape the relationship between stressors and mental health. An additional area of inquiry focuses on exploring the social and psychological mechanisms that may help to explain the relationship between religious involvement and mental health.

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Table of Contents

I: Introduction: Alternative Understandings of Mental Health. 1. The Sociology of Mental Health: Surveying the Field; C.S. Aneshensel, J.C. Phelan. 2. Mental Illness in a Multicultural Context; P. Agbayani-Siewert, et al. 3. Mental Illness as Psychiatric Disorder; M. Livingstone Bruce. 4. The Sociological Study of Mental Illness: A Critique and Synthesis of Four Perspectives; A.V. Horwitz.
II: Observing Mental Health in the Community. 5. Issues in Mental Health Assessment; G.E. Switzer, et al. 6. Analysing Associations between Mental Health and Social Circumstances; J. Mirowsky.
III: The Social Distribution of Mental Illness. 7. Overview of Descriptive Epidemiology of Mental Disorders; R.C. Kessler, S. Zhao. 8. Social Class; Y. Yu, D.R. Williams. 9. Race, Ethinicity and Culture in the Sociology of Mental Health; T.N. Brown, et al. 10. Mental Disorder in Late Life: Exploring the Influence of Stress and Socioeconomic Status; N. Krause. 11. Splitting the Difference: Gender, the Self, and Mental Health; S. Rosenfield. 12. Family Status and Mental Health; D. Umberson, K. Williams. 13. Work and Mental Health; M. Tausig.
IV: Social Antecedents of Mental Illness. 14. Social Stress; B. Wheaton. 15. Social Integration and Support; R.J. Turner, J.B. Turner. 16. Social Stratification and Inequality; J.D. McLeod, J.M. Nonnemaker. 17. Self, Identity, Stress, and Mental Health; P.A. Thoits. 18. The Sense of Personal Control: Social-Cultural Causes and Emotional Consequences; C.E. Ross, J. Sastry. 19. The Stress Process Revisited: Reflections on Concepts and Their Interrelationships; L.I. Pearlin. 20. Social Transmission in Acute Somatoform Epidemics; W.W. Eaton.
V: Social Consequences of Mental Illness. 21. The Social Dynamics of Responding to Mental Health Problems: Past, Present, and Future Challenges to Understanding Individuals' Use of Services; B.A. Pescosolido, et al. 22. Mental Health Services and Systems; M.F. Polgar, J.P. Morrissey. 23. Labeling and Stigma; B.G. Link, J.C. Phelan. 24. Impact of Mental Illness on the Family; W.R. Avison.
VI: Institutional Contexts of Mental Illness. 25. Mental Hospitals and Deinstitutionalization; G.W. Dowdall. 26. Instituting Madness: The Evolution of a Federal Agency; S.A. Kirk.
VII: Social Continuities. 27. Life Course Perspectives on Mental Health; L.K. George. 28. Mental Illness as a Career: Sociological Perspectives; C.S. Aneshensel.
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