Sociology Of Mental Disorders / Edition 3

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This thoroughly revised edition of The Sociology of Mental Disorders presents a biosocial model for understanding mental disorders, which integrates the sociological paradigm with current research in the epidemiology of mental disorders and on biological features of mental disorders. It shows the many ways in which macrosocial factors—such as stratification, integration, and culture—and microsocial factors—such as self-concept formation, socialization, and imitation—influence the distribution of mental disorders throughout the population, in combination with psychological and biological factors. The author adopts an epistemological point of view, comparing and contrasting various frameworks for comprehending bizarre forms of deviance that are labeled as mental disorders, including a definition of mental disorder that is purely sociological. He introduces new data and frameworks concerning the process of social stratification and mental disorders, the diffusion of somatoform disorders, mental disorders in the modern world, and the insane society.

Original data from classic research studies in the field are introduced and discussed to illustrate the application of sociological frameworks to the problem of bizarre deviance. Carefully selected first-person accounts of the experience of bizarre deviance add poignancy to the presentation, along with examples of official diagnostic criteria.

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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: 9780275963248
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM W. EATON is Professor of Mental Hygiene in the School of Hygiene and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

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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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