Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health

  • Carol S. Aneshensel
  • Jo C. Phelan

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carol S. Aneshensel, Jo E. Phelan
      Pages 3-17
    3. Pauline Agbayani-Siewert, David T. Takeuchi, Rosavinia W. Pangan
      Pages 19-36
    4. Martha Livingston Bruce
      Pages 37-55
    5. Allan V. Horwitz
      Pages 57-78
  3. Observing Mental Health in the Community

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Galen E. Switzer, Mary Amanda Dew, Evelyn J. Bromet
      Pages 81-104
  4. The Social Distribution of Mental Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Ronald C. Kessler, Shanyang Zhao
      Pages 127-150
    3. Yan Yu, David R. Williams
      Pages 151-166
    4. Tony N. Brown, Sherrill L. Sellers, Kendrick T. Brown, James S. Jackson
      Pages 167-182
    5. Neal Krause
      Pages 183-208
    6. Sarah Rosenfield
      Pages 209-224
    7. Debra Umberson, Kaisti Williams
      Pages 225-253
    8. Mark Tausig
      Pages 255-274
  5. Social Antecedents of Mental Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Blair Wheaton
      Pages 277-300
    3. R. Jay Turner, J. Blake Turner
      Pages 301-319

About this book


This handbook describes the ways in which society shapes the mental health of its members and further shapes the lives of those who have been identified as mentally ill.

With regards to the social origins of mental health, this handbook covers both the social conditions that lead to the behavior defined as mental illness and the way in which the concept of mental illness is socially constructed around those behaviors. This handbook also covers a third body of work that examines socially conditioned responses to mental illness on the part of individuals and institutions along with the ways in which these responses affect the lives of persons with mental illness.

Sections include:
I: Introduction: Alternative Understandings of Mental Health.
II: Observing Mental Health in the Community.
III: The Social Distribution of Mental Illness.
IV: Social Antecedents of Mental Illness.
V: Social Consequences of Mental Illness.
V I: Institutional Contexts of Mental Illness.
VII: Social Continuities.

Each of these viewpoints survey the field in a critical manner, evaluating theoretical models in light of the best available empirical evidence. Distinctively sociological approaches are highlighted by means of explicit comparison to perspectives characterizing related disciplines such as psychology, psychiatry, and anthropology. This volume seeks to record where the field has been, to identify its current location and to plot its course for the future.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Carol S. Aneshensel
    • 1
  • Jo C. Phelan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public HealthUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Division of Sociomedical Sciences, School of Public HealthColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-36223-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-32516-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-36223-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-6903
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