Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health, 2nd Edition

  • Carol S. Aneshensel
  • Jo C. Phelan
  • Alex Bierman
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  • ISBN-10: 9400742762
  • ISBN-13: 9789400742765
  • DDC: 616.89
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 636 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released November 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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This second edition of the Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health features theory-driven reviews of recent research with a comprehensive approach to the investigation of the ways in which society shapes the mental health of its members and the lives of those who have been diagnosed as having a mental illnessThe award-winning Handbook is distinctive in its focus on how the organization and functioning of society influences the occurrence of mental disorder and its consequences. A core issue that runs throughout the text concerns the differential distribution of mental illness across various social strata, defined by status characteristics such as gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and age. The contributions to this volume shed light on the social, cultural, and economic factors that explain why some social groups have an elevated risk of disorder. They also address the social repercussions of mental disorder for  individuals, including stigmatization within the larger society, and for their families and social networks.The second edition of this seminal volume includes substantial updates to previous chapters, as well as seven new chapters.  

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter: Part 1.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
Other Frontmatter: Part 2.
Preface to the Second Edition.
1: The Sociology of Mental Health: Surveying the Field.
2: Conceptualizations of Mental Health and Illness.
3: Listening to Voices: Patient Experience and the Meanings of Mental Illness.
4: Mental Illness as Psychiatric Disorder.
5: The Medicalization of Mental Disorder.
6: Public Beliefs about Mental Illness.
7: The Sociological Study of Mental Illness: A Critique and Synthesis of Four Perspectives.
8: Methodology.
9: Issues in Mental Health Assessment.
10: Analyzing Associations Between Mental Health and Social Circumstances.
11: The Social Distribution of Mental Health and Illness.
12: Overview of Descriptive Epidemiology of Mental Disorders.
13: Age, Aging, and Mental Health.
14: Social Stratification, Social Closure, and Social Class as Determinants of Mental Health Disparities.
15: Social Stratification and Inequality.
16: Race, Nativity, Ethnicity, and Cultural Influences in the Sociology of Mental Health.
17: Gender and Mental Health.
18: Social Antecedents.
19: Social Stress in the Twenty-First Century.
20: Current Issues and Future Directions in Research into the Stress Process.
21: Social Relations, Social Integration, and Social Support.
22: Self, Identity, Stress, and Mental Health.
23: The Sense of Personal Control: Social Structural Causes and Emotional Consequences.
24: Institutional Antecedents.
25: Family Status and Mental Health: Recent Advances and Future Directions.
26: The Sociology of Work and Well-Being.
27: Religion and Mental Health.
28: Neighborhood Context and Mental Health.
29: Social Consequences.
30: The Social Dynamics of Responding to Mental Health Problems.
31: Labeling and Stigma.
32: The Impact of Mental Illness on the Family.
33: Mental Illness and the Law.
34: Social Continuities.
35: Life-Course Perspectives on Mental Health.
36: Mental Illness as a Career: Sociological Perspectives.