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From the Publisher"I could not put down this highly interesting volume of essays that provides some of the most powerful and stunning insights into a reframing of women's depression! I strongly recommend this impressive book for all providers of health services as well as for educators and policy makers."
—Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, President, American Psychological Association
"This volume is perhaps the most powerful and poignant account of the silencing of women's voices across time and culture that has been published. It is a book that informs. It is a book that enlightens. It is a book to be treasured, and to be remembered long after it has been read and placed on the shelf."
—Anthony J. Marsella, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Hawaii
"The authors in this volume listen to women with a methodological tuning fork, precise and sensitive to women and context, and they read women's depression like a smoke alarm on cultural abuses of power. In the caring and delicate hands of Jack and Ali, women's narrations of depression signal a global call for justice and gendered human rights."
—Michelle Fine, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, Women's Studies and Urban Education, Graduate Center, City University of New York
"This book demonstrates the importance of self-silencing in the lives of women (and men) in many societies. The relationship to depression is useful for clinicians and researchers, and shows a means of getting at clinically relevant cultural information in a disciplined and practical way."
—Arthur Kleinman, MD, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University, and Professor of Medical Anthropology and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"A vivid and scholarly portrayal of how gender and cultural influence interact to shape the expression of mood disorder."
—Zindel V. Segal, PhD, Cameron Wilson Chair in Depression Studies and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
"What a stunning achievement! In the face of a medical establishment that views and treats depression as primarily a problem of faulty neurochemistry, this compelling book argues persuasively (and with solid evidence) for the powerful role of oppression in shaping women's mental health. This volume is required reading for mental health providers, scholars, and activists interested in understanding and improving women's lives."
—Lisa A. Goodman, PhD, Professor, Department of Counseling and Developmental Psychology, Boston College
"Overall, Jack and Ali's book is fertile with opportunities for psychotherapists. Each chapter offers numerous implications for prevention, intervention and treatment. I echo the book's jacket quote by Lisa Goodman, PhD, that "this book should be required reading for mental health providers, scholars and activists interested in understanding and improving women's lives"...The gift of this book is its benefit to everyone."
—Penelope L Norton, PhD, Voices: The Art of Science of Psychotherapy
"Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World is a valuable contribution to our profession. It is an academic work that builds upon previous research." —PsycCRITIQUES
"A final commentary summarizes the research limitations of the constructs of self-silencing, depression, and gender, and calls for continued research on conditions that promote depression. An excellent review of current research springing from second-wave feminism. Summing Up: Highly recommended. " —Choice
"This thorough and impressive book is partly all about connection between people, and what happens when it's missing or faulty...There is a lot to digest in this volume, but generally it is written in an approachable style, notwithstanding the statistical analyses in some chapters. The inclusion of narratives from women is welcome, giving voice to the research findings and providing a human, grounding touch. It is not written for the lay person, but more for practitioners, academics and researchers in the field." —Metapsychology
"Although the length and density of this volume may be daunting, it reminds readers of the complexity of women's experience and serves as excellent resource forteaching, planning research, and organizing effective interventions with diverse groups of women and men." — Carolyn Zerbe Enns, PhD, Psychology of Women Quarterly