Social Causes of Psychological Distress: Second Edition / Edition 2

Social Causes of Psychological Distress: Second Edition / Edition 2

by Catherine E. Ross, John Mirowsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0202307093

ISBN-13: 9780202307091

Pub. Date: 12/31/2003

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Traditional academic disciplinary divisions, say Mirowsky and Ross (both sociology and population research, U. of Texas) often obscure the link between widespread social problems and the very personal distress they cause in people. They summarize, synthesize, and elaborate their views on that link, drawing from their two decades of research and the work of other…  See more details below

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Traditional academic disciplinary divisions, say Mirowsky and Ross (both sociology and population research, U. of Texas) often obscure the link between widespread social problems and the very personal distress they cause in people. They summarize, synthesize, and elaborate their views on that link, drawing from their two decades of research and the work of other scholars. No date is noted for the first edition. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202307091
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/2003
Series:
Social Institutions and Social Change Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
330
Sales rank:
1,003,142
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pt. IIntroduction
1Introduction3
Understanding the Connections between Social and Personal Problems3
Preview7
Pt. IIResearching the Causes of Distress
2Measuring Psychological Well-Being and Distress23
What Is Psychological Distress?23
Diagnosis: Superimposed Distinctions30
Conclusion: The Story of a Woman Diagnosed48
Appendix of Symptom Indexes50
3Real-World Causes of Real-World Misery54
Establishing Cause in the Human Sciences54
Explaining Real Patterns71
Pt. IIISocial Patterns of Distress
4Basic Patterns75
Community Mental Health Surveys76
Socioeconomic Status77
Marriage84
Children at Home89
Gender95
Undesirable Life Events112
Age112
Discussion129
5New Patterns130
Life Course Disruptions and Developments131
Neighborhood Disadvantage and Disorder145
Pt. IVExplaining the Patterns
6Life Change: An Abandoned Explanation159
Conceptual History of Life Change and Stress160
Contradictory Evidence163
Variants of the Life Change Index166
Alternative Concepts and Future Research169
7Alienation171
Control171
Commitment210
Support213
Meaning219
Normality222
Alienation: the Prime Stressor229
8Authoritarianism and Inequity230
Authoritarianism230
Inequity242
Pt. VConclusion
9Why Some People Are More Distressed Than Others253
Control of One's Own Life253
The Importance of Social Factors257
Genetics and Biochemistry as Alternative Explanations260
What Can Be Done?273
"Take arms against a sea of troubles"277
AppDescription of Data Sets and Measures278
References289
Index313

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