Social and Community Contexts

  • Jane K. Burke-Miller


Social context is increasingly thought to be as important as individual characteristics in determining mental health outcomes. Therefore, mental health service providers, researchers, and policy-makers need to give equal consideration to women’s social contexts in order to deliver effective services. Such services are especially important for women, whose mental health is influenced by their vulnerable social status, unique social roles, and overrepresentation among the urban poor. This chapter will describe the use of social epidemiology in studying the contexts of women’s mental health, the effect of social contexts on women’s mental health, and implications for women’s mental health prevention and treatment programs at the community level.


Mental Health Psychological Distress Mental Health Service Gender Inequality Recovery Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane K. Burke-Miller
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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