Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World

Paperback | June 15, 2012

EditorDana C. Jack, Alisha Ali

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This international volume offers new perspectives on social and psychological aspects of depression. The twenty-one contributors hailing from thirteen countries represent contexts with very different histories, political and economic structures, and gender role disparities. Authors rely onSilencing the Self theory, which details the negative psychological effects that result when individuals silence themselves in close relationships, and the importance of social context in precipitating depression. Specific patterns of thought on how to achieve closeness in relationships(self-silencing schema) are known to predict depression. This book breaks new ground by demonstrating that the link between depressive symptoms and self-silencing occurs across a range of cultures. Silencing the Self Across Cultures explains why women's depression is more widespread than men's, and why the treatment of depression lies in understanding that a person's individual psychology is inextricably related to the social world and close relationships. Several chapters describe thetransformative possibilities of community-driven movements for disadvantaged women that support healing through a recovery of voice, as well as the need to counter violations of human rights as a means of reducing women's risk of depression. Bringing the work of these researchers together in onecollection furthers international dialogue about critical social factors that affect the rising rates of depression around the globe.

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This international volume offers new perspectives on social and psychological aspects of depression. The twenty-one contributors hailing from thirteen countries represent contexts with very different histories, political and economic structures, and gender role disparities. Authors rely onSilencing the Self theory, which details the ne...

Dana C. Jack is Professor at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. Her research examines women's depression and anger in the US and internationally, and qualitative research methods. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal in 2001, and is the author of three books, including Silencing the Self: W...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:564 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Judith Worell: Foreword: Silence No MoreSection I: Setting the Stage: Social, Biomedical, and Ethical Issues in Understanding Women's Depression1. Dana Crowley Jack and Alisha Ali: Introduction: Culture, Self-Silencing, and Depression: A Contextual-Relational Perspective2. Jill Astbury: The Social Causes of Women's Depression: A Question of Rights Violated?3. Richard A. Gordon: Drugs Don't Talk: Do Medication and Biological Psychiatry Contribute to Silencing the Self?4. Joseph E. Trimble, Mar!a R. Scharrcn-del R!o, and Guillermo Bernal: The Itinerant Researcher: Ethical and Methodological Issues in Conducting Cross-Cultural Mental Health ResearchSection II: Self-Silencing and Depression across CulturesJudith Jordan: Introduction to Section II: On the Critical Importance of Relationships for Women's Well-Being5. Tanja Zoellner and Susanne Hedlund: Women's Self-Silencing and Depression in the Socio-Cultural Context of Germany6. Linda Smolak: Gender as Culture: The Meanings of Self-Silencing in Women and Men7. Dana Jack, Bindu Pokharel, and Usha Subba: 'I Don't Express My Feelings to Anyone': How Self-Silencing Relates to Depression and Gender in Nepal8. Airi Hautamki: Silencing the Self across Generations and Gender in Finland9. Krystyna Drat-Ruszczak: The Meaning of Self-Silencing in Polish Women10. Alisha Ali: Exploring the Immigrant Experience through Self-Silencing Theory and the Full Frame Approach: The Case of Caribbean Immigrant Women in Canada and the U.S.11. Sofia Neves and Conceio Nogueira: Deconstructing Gendered Discourses of Love, Power, and Violence in Intimate Relationships: Portuguese Women's Experiences12. Anjoo Sikka, Linda (Gratch) Vaden-Goad, and Lisa K. Waldner: Authentic Self-Expression: Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture13. Avi Besser, Gordon L. Flett, and Paul L. Hewitt: Silencing the Self and Personality Vulnerabilities Associated with Depression14. Guerda Nicolas, Bridget Hirsch, and Clelia Beltrame: Sociopolitical, Gender, and Cultural Factors in the Conceptualization and Treatment of Depression among Haitian WomenSection III: The Health Effects of Self-SilencingLaura S. Brown: Introduction to Section III: Empowering Depressed Women: The Importance of a Feminist Lens15. Rosanna F. DeMarco: Supporting Voice in Women Living with HIV/AIDS16. Mary Sormanti: Facilitating Women's Development through the Illness of Cancer: Depression, Self-Silencing, and Self-Care17. Josie Geller, Sujatha Srikameswaran, and Stephanie Cassin: Eating Disorders and Self-Silencing: A Function-Focused Approach to Treatment18. Elaine D. Eaker and Margaret Kelly-Hayes: Self-Silencing and the Risk of Heart Disease and Death in Women: The Framingham Offspring Study19. Maria I. Medved: Silencing the Heart: Women in Treatment for Cardiovascular Disease20. Jane M. Ussher and Janette Perz: Disruption of the Silenced Self: The Case of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome21. Natasha S. Mauthner: 'I Wasn't being True to Myself': Women's Narratives of Postpartum Depression22. Stephanie J. Woods: Seeking Safety with Undesirable Outcomes: Women's Self-Silencing in Abusive Intimate Relationships and Implications for HealthcareJanet M. Stoppard: CommentaryAppendix A: The Silencing the Self Scale