The Sociology of Mental Disorders


"Eaton has succeeded in integrating diverse findings in a concise and carefully organized basic text that is an effective synthesis of factual treatment of existing research." Contemporary Sociology
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"Eaton has succeeded in integrating diverse findings in a concise and carefully organized basic text that is an effective synthesis of factual treatment of existing research." Contemporary Sociology
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Eaton (mental hygiene, Johns Hopkins U.) begins by using the phrase bizarre behavior, because the problematic nature of defining mental disorder<-->especially in light of the interest in groups<-->is a central theme of his account. His intention is to describe how sociologists approach the topic, probably<-- >though he does not specify<-->in the context of a college course. The first edition appeared in 1980, and he has substantially revised and enlarged the 1985 second edition to incorporate what he has learned in the intervening 15 years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780030710230
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1986
  • Edition number: 2

Meet the Author

WILLIAM W. EATON is Professor of Mental Hygiene in the School of Hygiene and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He is also Director of the NIMH Training Program in Psychiatric Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to the first and second edition of The Sociology of Mental Disorders (1980 and 1985), he has authored numerous scientific articles and coedited three books.

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Table of Contents

1 The Social Construction of Bizarre Behaviors 1
2 The Social Epidemiology of Mental Disorders 55
3 Role, Identity, Suggestibility, and Stress 99
4 Integration: Community and Family 143
5 Socioeconomic Stratification 179
6 The Social Transmission of Psychopathology 209
7 Social Aspects of Treatment 253
8 Mental Disorder in the Modern World 289
References 323
Index 367
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