Violence Against Women and Mental Health

Violence Against Women and Mental Health



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Violence Against Women and Mental Health by Claudia Garcia-Moreno

Comprehensive overview on the psychological sequelae of violence against women worldwide Violence against women is a global problem that includes domestic violence, sexual abuse of girls and women, trafficking of women, violence in humanitarian crisis settings, violence against female patients including abuse of doctor-patient relationships, and harassment and discrimination of women at the workplace. The mental sequelae of abused women includes posttraumatic stress syndromes, anxiety and depressive disorders, suicidality, substance abuse, and dissociative and somatoform disorders. However, to date, psychiatry and psychotherapy have widely neglected violence as an influencing factor on mental health. This book, which is the first comprehensive overview, discusses current evidence of the links between violence against women and mental health. It is authored by internationally renowned experts, and is both enlightening and thought-provoking. It reviews violence against women in different parts of the world and discusses its prevalence, nature and underlying causes. It looks at the implications of these findings for mental health policies and programs, and further, it strives to stimulate discussion and debate that will hopefully lead to pro-action not only in the medical but also in the political field. This book is essential reading for therapists and clinicians from varying fields, including psychiatry, psychosomatics, general medicine, and gynecology. It shall also serve as an important reference book for sociologists and policy makers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783805599887
Publisher: S. Karger AG (Switzerland)
Publication date: 02/28/2013
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Bachelet, M. vii

Preface Sartorius, N. x

Acknowledgments Garcia-Moreno, C. Riecher-Rössler, A. xii

Violence against Women Worldwide

Violence against Women, Its Prevalence and Health Consequences García-Moreno, C. Stöckl, H. 1

Gender-Based Violence in the Middle-East: A Review Madi Skaff, J. 12

Violence against Women in Latin America Gaviria, S.L. 24

Violence against Women in South Asia Niaz, U. 38

Violence against Women in Europe: Magnitude and the Mental Health Consequences Described by Different Data Sources Helweg-Larsen, K. 54

Intimate Partner Violence as a Risk Factor for Mental Health Problems in South Africa Jewkes, R. 65

Special Aspects of Violence

Intimate Partner Violence and Mental Health Oram, S. Howard, L.M. 75

Sexual Assault and Women's Mental Health Martin, S.L Parcesepe, A.M. 86

Child Sexual Abuse of Girls MacMillan, H.L. Wathen, C.N. 96

Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict: A Systematic Review of Psychosocial Support Interventions Stavrou, V. 107

Abuse and Trafficking among Female Migrants and Refugees Kastrup, M. 118

Abuse in Doctor-Patient Relationships Tschan, W. 129

Workplace Harassment Based on Sex: A Risk Factor for Women's Mental Health Problems Cortina, L.M. Leskinen, E.A. 139

Violence against Women and Suicidality: Does Violence Cause Suicidal Behaviour? Devries, K.M Seguin, M. 148

Violence against Women Suffering from Severe Psychiatric Illness Rondon, M.B. 159


Violence against Women and Mental Health Garcia-Moreno, C. Riecher-Rössler, A. 167

Author Index 175

Subject Index 177

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