The Impact of Mental Illness on the Family

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


Research in the sociology of mental health is concerned primarily with understanding how individuals’ social locations have consequences for their mental health. These investigations typically attempt to identify social and psychosocial processes that connect individuals’ positions in the social structure with various measures of psychiatric disorder or psychological distress. However, as previous chapters in this handbook have demonstrated, mental illness also has important social consequences for individuals in terms of their experiences in help seeking, in accessing treatment, and in terms of the social stigma that they may experience. In this context, sociologists of mental health have made important contributions to our understanding of the social sequelae of mental illness.


Mental Illness Psychiatric Patient Severe Mental Illness Maternal Depression Caregiver Burden 
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