Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health

  • Carol S. Aneshensel
  • Jo C. Phelan
  • Alex Bierman

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Carol S. Aneshensel, Jo C. Phelan, Alex Bierman
    Pages 1-19
  3. Conceptualizations of Mental Health and Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Martha L. Bruce, Patrick J. Raue
      Pages 41-59
    3. Peter Conrad, Caitlin Slodden
      Pages 61-73
    4. Jason Schnittker
      Pages 75-93
  4. Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Galen E. Switzer, Mary Amanda Dew, Evelyn J. Bromet
      Pages 115-141
  5. The Social Distribution of Mental Health and Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Kenneth F. Ferraro, Lindsay R. Wilkinson
      Pages 183-203
    3. Carles Muntaner, Edwin Ng, Christophe Vanroelen, Sharon Christ, William W. Eaton
      Pages 205-227
    4. Jane D. McLeod
      Pages 229-253
    5. Tony N. Brown, Katharine M. Donato, Mary Therese Laske, Ebony M. Duncan
      Pages 255-276
    6. Sarah Rosenfield, Dawne Mouzon
      Pages 277-296
  6. Social Antecedents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Blair Wheaton, Marisa Young, Shirin Montazer, Katie Stuart-Lahman
      Pages 299-323
    3. Leonard I. Pearlin, Alex Bierman
      Pages 325-340
    4. J. Blake Turner, R. Jay Turner
      Pages 341-356
    5. Peggy A. Thoits
      Pages 357-377
  7. Institutional Antecedents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 403-403
    2. Debra Umberson, Mieke Beth Thomeer, Kristi Williams
      Pages 405-431
    3. Mark Tausig
      Pages 433-455
    4. Scott Schieman, Alex Bierman, Christopher G. Ellison
      Pages 457-478
    5. Terrence D. Hill, David Maimon
      Pages 479-501
  8. Social Consequences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 503-503
    2. Bernice A. Pescosolido, Carol A. Boyer, Tait R. Medina
      Pages 505-524
    3. Bruce G. Link, Jo C. Phelan
      Pages 525-541
    4. William R. Avison, Jinette Comeau
      Pages 543-561
    5. Virginia Aldigé Hiday, Heathcote W. Wales
      Pages 563-582
  9. Social Continuities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 583-583
    2. Linda K. George
      Pages 585-602
    3. Carol S. Aneshensel
      Pages 603-620
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 621-636

About this book


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 illness

The 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 on: -The Individual’s Experience of Mental Illness.--The Medicalization of Mental Illness.---Age, Aging, and Mental Health.- -Religion and Mental Health.- -Neighborhoods and Mental Health.- -Mental Health and the Law—and Public Beliefs about Mental Illness.




Age Differences in Mental Disorder Behaviorak Model of Health Service Utilization Community/ survey / studies of mental illness Impact of Mental Health on Families Meanings of Mental Illness Mental Disorders Psycchiatric Disorder Religion and Mental Health Social Consequences of Personal Control The Sociology of Work and Well-Being

Editors and affiliations

  • Carol S. Aneshensel
    • 1
  • Jo C. Phelan
    • 2
  • Alex Bierman
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Community Health Sciences Fielding School of Public HealthUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociomedical Sciences Mailman School of Public HealthColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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