Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World / Edition 1

Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World / Edition 1

by Dana C. Jack
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195398092

ISBN-13: 9780195398090

Pub. Date: 04/28/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Winner of the 2011 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award

This international volume offers new perspectives on social and psychological aspects of the complex dynamic of depression. The twenty-one contributors from thirteen countries - Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Haiti, India, Israel, Nepal, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Scotland, and the United

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Winner of the 2011 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award

This international volume offers new perspectives on social and psychological aspects of the complex dynamic of depression. The twenty-one contributors from thirteen countries - Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Haiti, India, Israel, Nepal, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Scotland, and the United States - represent contexts with very different histories, political and economic structures, and gender role disparities.

Authors rely on Silencing the Self theory, which details the negative psychological effects when individuals silence themselves in close relationships and the importance of the social context in precipitating depression. Specific patterns of thought about how to achieve closeness in relationships (self-silencing schema) are known to predict depression. This book breaks new ground by demonstrating that the linkage of depressive symptoms with self-silencing occurs across a range of cultures. We offer a new view of gender differences in depression situated in the formation and consequences of self-silencing, including differing motivational aims, norms of masculinity and femininity, and the broader social context of gender inequality.

The book offers evidence regarding why women's depression is more wide-spread than men's and why the treatment of depression lies in understanding that a person's individual psychology is inextricably related to the social world and close relationships. Authors examine not only gender differences in depression but also related aspects of mental and physical illness, including treatments specific to women. Several chapters describe the transformative possibilities of community-driven movements for disadvantaged women that support healing through a recovery of voice, and describe the need for systemic and structural changes to counter violations of human rights as a means of reducing women's risk of depression. Bringing the work of these researchers together in one collection furthers international dialogue about critical social factors that affect the rising rates of depression around the globe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195398090
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Contributors

Foreword: Silence No More
Judith Worell

Section I: Setting the Stage: Social, Biomedical, and Ethical Issues in Understanding Women's Depression

Chapter 1: Introduction: Culture, Self-Silencing, and Depression: A Contextual-Relational Perspective
Dana Crowley Jack and Alisha Ali

Chapter 2: The Social Causes of Women's Depression: A Question of Rights Violated?
Jill Astbury

Chapter 3: Drugs Don't Talk: Do Medication and Biological Psychiatry Contribute to Silencing the Self?
Richard A. Gordon

Chapter 4: The Itinerant Researcher: Ethical and Methodological Issues in Conducting Cross-Cultural Mental Health Research
Joseph E. Trimble, María R. Scharrón-del Río, and Guillermo Bernal

Section II: Self-Silencing and Depression across Cultures

Introduction to Section II: On the Critical Importance of Relationships for Women's Well-Being
Judith Jordan

Chapter 5: Women's Self-Silencing and Depression in the Socio-Cultural Context of Germany
Tanja Zoellner and Susanne Hedlund

Chapter 6: Gender as Culture: The Meanings of Self-Silencing in Women and Men
Linda Smolak

Chapter 7: 'I Don't Express My Feelings to Anyone': How Self-Silencing Relates to Depression and Gender in Nepal
Dana Jack, Bindu Pokharel, and Usha Subba

Chapter 8: Silencing the Self across Generations and Gender in Finland
Airi Hautamäki

Chapter 9: The Meaning of Self-Silencing in Polish Women
Krystyna Drat-Ruszczak

Chapter 10: Exploring the Immigrant Experience through Self-Silencing Theory and the Full Frame Approach: The Case of Caribbean Immigrant Women in Canada and the U.S.
Alisha Ali

Chapter 11: Deconstructing Gendered Discourses of Love, Power, and Violence in Intimate Relationships: Portuguese Women's Experiences
Sofia Neves and Conceição Nogueira

Chapter 12: Authentic Self-Expression: Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture
Anjoo Sikka, Linda (Gratch) Vaden-Goad, and Lisa K. Waldner

Chapter 13: Silencing the Self and Personality Vulnerabilities Associated with Depression
Avi Besser, Gordon L. Flett, and Paul L. Hewitt

Chapter 14: Sociopolitical, Gender, and Cultural Factors in the Conceptualization and Treatment of Depression among Haitian Women
Guerda Nicolas, Bridget Hirsch, and Clelia Beltrame

Section III: The Health Effects of Self-Silencing
Introduction to Section III: Empowering Depressed Women: The Importance of a Feminist Lens
Laura S. Brown

Chapter 15: Supporting Voice in Women Living with HIV/AIDS
Rosanna F. DeMarco

Chapter 16: Facilitating Women's Development through the Illness of Cancer: Depression, Self-Silencing, and Self-Care
Mary Sormanti

Chapter 17: Eating Disorders and Self-Silencing: A Function-Focused Approach to Treatment
Josie Geller, Sujatha Srikameswaran, and Stephanie Cassin

Chapter 18: Self-Silencing and the Risk of Heart Disease and Death in Women: The Framingham Offspring Study
Elaine D. Eaker and Margaret Kelly-Hayes

Chapter 19: Silencing the Heart: Women in Treatment for Cardiovascular Disease
Maria I. Medved

Chapter 20: Disruption of the Silenced Self: The Case of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
Jane M. Ussher and Janette Perz

Chapter 21: 'I Wasn't being True to Myself': Women's Narratives of Postpartum Depression
Natasha S. Mauthner

Chapter 22: Seeking Safety with Undesirable Outcomes: Women's Self-Silencing in Abusive Intimate Relationships and Implications for Healthcare
Stephanie J. Woods

COMMENTARY
Janet M. Stoppard

Appendix A: The Silencing the Self Scale

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