Sociology

   Calvary University

 Faculty of Sociology



The Sociology of Mental Illness

Book Cover

Edition 4

Bernard Gallagher III
0-13-040868-9
Hardback
389 pages
2002


Brief Description

For a variety of undergraduate sociology courses, such as Psychiatric Sociology, Sociology of Mental Health, Social Psychiatry, and Deviant Behaviour.
The first text of its kind to organise all of the research conducted in psychiatric sociology, this prestigious and insightful book centers around the critical role played by social forces associated with mental illness - including diagnosis, causality, social epidemiology, stigma, and treatment, as well as the personal suffering of the mentally ill and their families. Written by one of the foremost psychiatric sociologists in the U.S. and Europe, it remains highly comprehensive yet significantly streamlined in its 4th edition. It presents evidence about the influence of social stressors in the initial development and treatment of the mentally ill throughout, with a fresh and engaging style of writing that includes many interesting real-life case studies.

Features

  • NEW - Social stress theory: Weaves the theme of social stress theory throughout and examines it from every possible angle - from the microsocial world of the family to the macrosocial environment of culture, economy, and war.
  • NEW - Tighter content coverage: Presents a shorter edition that eliminates much of the original clinical and psychological components.
  • NEW - Completely updated: Includes research through the year 2001.
  • NEW - Timely author research: Features new sections on Gallaghers latest inquiries into social class, schizophrenia and sexual predators.
  • Comprehensive coverage - Dissects all of the issues about the sociology of mental illness, and includes numerous references to the latest studies.
  • Ideal structural layout - Moves chronologically through conceptual/cultural issues in psychiatric sociology; influence of social stressors; causes and symptoms of mental illness; social epidemiology of mental illness; and patienthood.
  • Case examples - Includes numerous examples from the modern world of everyday life.

Contents

I. MENTAL ILLNESS AND SOCIAL FORCES: AN OVERVIEW.
1. Mental Illness and Society.
2. Concepts, Definitions and Types of Mental Illness: A Cross-Cultural Perspective.
3. Environmental Theories of Mental Illness: The Influence of Social Stress.

II. COMMON FORMS OF MENTAL ILLNESS: PREVALENCE, SYMPTOMS, AND CAUSES.
4. Schizophrenic and Mood Disorders.
5. Anxiety Disorders.
6. Personality Disorders.

III. THE SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY OF MENTAL ILLNESS.
7. Epidemiology: An Overview of Patterns of Mental Illness.
8. Social Class and Social Mobility.
9. Gender, Marital Status, and Family Relationships.
10. Religion, Ethnicity and Race.
11. Migration, Place of Residence and Age.

IV. THE PSYCHOSOCIAL EXPERIENCES OF MENTAL PATIENTS.
12. Becoming a Mental Patient: The Prepatient Process.
13. Treatment: The Inpatient Experience.
14. After the Mental Hospital: The Social Role of the Ex-Mental Patient.


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