The Contributions of Sociology to the Understanding of Mental Disorder

  • David Mechanic


Social forces affect almost every aspect of mental illness ranging from its occurrence and expression, and how it is interpreted, to control and remedial efforts. Thus it is difficult to conceive of a mental illness process outside the contours of a particular culture and society. Genetic and other biological precursors interact with sociocultural influences affecting the prevalence and course of disorder and the degree of misery and disruption it causes.


Mental Illness Social Class Social Integration Psychiatric Care Mental Hospital 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Mechanic
    • 1
  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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