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The SAGE Handbook of Mental Health and Illness

The SAGE Handbook of Mental Health and Illness

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568 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The SAGE Handbook of Mental Health and Illness is a landmark volume, which integrates the conceptual, empirical, and evidence-based threads of mental health as an area of study, research, and practice. It approaches mental health from two perspectives - firstly as a positive state of well-being and personal and social functioning and secondly as psychological difference or abnormality in its social context.

Unique features include:

  • A broad and inclusive view of the field, providing depth and breadth for the reader
  • A team of international, multi-disciplinary editors and contributors
  • Discussion of the many of the unresolved debates in the field about constructs and causes

The Handbook will be an invaluable resource for graduate students, academics, and researchers studying mental health in disciplines such as psychiatry, clinical psychology, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, and sociology.

Editors' Introduction
Angus Clarke
The Limits to Psychiatric and Behavioural Genetics
Jerome C Wakefield and Mark F Schmitz
The Challenge of Measurement of Mental Disorder in Community Surveys
Benedikt Rogge
Mental Health, Positive Psychology and the Sociology of the Self
Gillian Bendelow
Sociological Aspects of the Emotions
James Nazroo and Karen Iley
Ethnicity, Race and Mental Disorder in the UK
Jane M Ussher
Gender Matters: Differences in Depression between Women and Men
Renata Kokanovic
The Diagnosis of Depression in an International Context
Susan Roxburgh
Stressors and Experienced Stress
Scott Schieman
Religious Beliefs and Mental Health
Applications and Extensions of the Stress Process Model

Brea Perry and Bernice A Pescosolido
Children, Culture and Mental Illness
Public Knowledge and Stigma toward Childhood Problems

Graham Scambler
Stigma and Mental Disorder
Sigrun Olafsdottir
Medicalization and Mental Health
The Critique of Medical Expansion and a Consideration of How Markets, National States, and Citizens Matter

David Pilgrim and Anne Rogers
Danger and Diagnosed Mental Disorder
Editors' Introduction
Philip Thomas
Biological Explanations for and Responses to Madness
Richard Bentall
The Psychology of Psychosis
Nick Manning
Sociological Aspects of Personality Disorder
Michael Bloor and Alison Munro
Sociological Aspects of Substance Misuse
David Pilgrim, Anne Rogers and Jonathan Gabe
Sociological Aspects of Psychotropic Medication
Carolyn Chew-Graham
Common Mental Health Problems
Primary Care and Health Inequalities in the UK

Helen Herrman
Promoting Mental Health
Andrew Scull
Institutionalization and De-Institutionalization
Peter Campbell and Diana Rose
Action for Change in the UK
Thirty Years of the User/Survivor Movement

Ann McCranie
Recovery in Mental Illness
The Roots, Meanings and Implementations of a 'New' Services Movement

Jenny Secker
Mental Health Problems, Social Exclusion and Social Inclusion
A UK Perspective

Bernice A Pescosolido
Social Network Influence in Mental Health and Illness, Service Use and Settings, and Treatment Outcomes

A wide-ranging and cross-national examination of many core issues in the sociology of mental health. It presents a variety of perspectives on fundamental substantive and policy issues in mental health and illness. Its scope and range make it ideal for scholars and students in a variety of disciplines concerned with social aspects of psychological distress and disorder.

Allan Horwitz
Rutgers University

"Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."

D. Harper
University of Rochester

Sample Materials & Chapters

Editor's Introduction

David Pilgrim

David Pilgrim is Honorary Professor of Health and Social Policy, University of Liverpool, UK and Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton. After training and working as a clinical psychologist he completed a PhD examining psychotherapy in the organisational setting of the British NHS. He then went on to complete a Master’s in sociology. He has worked at the boundary between clinical psychology and medical sociology for the past 20 years and has produced over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, based upon his research into mental health policy and practice. His years working in the British NHS provided him... More About Author

Anne Rogers

After graduating in Social Sciences (Sociology and Social Policy) from the Polytechnic of Central London in 1984, I undertook an M.Sc in Sociology as Applied to Medicine at Bedford College, University of London. I then gained employment as a research officer in the Legal Department of National Mind, exploring the implementation of Section 136 of the Mental Health Act where I became interested in a broad range of mental health issues including civil commiment, coercion, drug treatments and user involvement. During that time I undertook a part-time Phd at the University of Nottingham exploring notions of profesional dominance applied to... More About Author

Bernice A. Pescosolido

Bernice A. Pescosolido is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Indiana University and Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research. Professor Pescosolido received a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island in 1974 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1982. She has focused her research and teaching on social issues in health, illness, and healing. ... More About Author

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