The Sociology of Mental Illness: A Comprehensive Reader

Paperback | March 27, 2009

byJane D. McLeod, Eric R. Wright

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The Sociology of Mental Illness is a comprehensive collection of readings designed to help students develop a nuanced and sophisticated appreciation of the most important, heated - and fascinating - controversies in the field. Drawing primarily from sociological sources, the text features both classical and contemporary selections that cover the full range of sociological topics, perspectives, and debates, including the social construction of mental illness, the social origins of mental illness, and contemporary mentalhealth treatment. This rich, varied assortment gives students a "roadmap" to the evolution and development of sociological research over time and insight into key controversies in the field. Selections include such classical readings as Scheff's original statement of labeling theory, contemporary reports on the prevalence of mental illness in countries around the world, and recent analyses of the changing treatment system. The readings are organized progressively in order to helpstudents recognize the dynamic character of mental health research and the important role that controversies play in advancements in the field; this organization also gives students the tools they need to formulate their own views and opinions on crucial matters. A versatile, engaging text, The Sociology of Mental Illness is ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in the sociology of mental illness.

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The Sociology of Mental Illness is a comprehensive collection of readings designed to help students develop a nuanced and sophisticated appreciation of the most important, heated - and fascinating - controversies in the field. Drawing primarily from sociological sources, the text features both classical and contemporary selections that...

Jane D. McLeod is Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculties Department of Sociology at Indiana University-Bloomington. Eric R. Wright is Professor and Director of the Center for Health Policy, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 9.2 × 6.2 × 1.8 inPublished:March 27, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I. Definitions of Mental Illness1. What is Mental Illness? Psychiatric PerspectivesPeter Conrad and Joseph W. Schneider: Medical model of madness: The emergence of mental illnessMartha Livingston Bruce: Mental illness as psychiatric disorder2. What is Mental Illness? Sociological PerspectivesPeter Conrad: The discovery of hyperkinesisAnne E. Figert: The Three Faces of PMS: The Professional, Gendered, and Scientific Structuring of a Psychiatric Disorder3. Culture and the definition of Mental IllnessArthur Kleinman: What is a psychiatric diagnosis?Kathryn Schultz: Did Antidepressants Depress Japan?Part II. Prevalence and Patterns of Mental Illness4. The Measurement of Mental Health and Mental DisordersGalen E. Switzer, Mary Amanda Dew, and Evelyn J. Bromet: Issues in Mental Health AssessmentRonald C. Kessler: The categorical versus dimensional controversy in the sociology of mental illnessJohn Mirowsky and Catherine E. Ross: Measurement for a Human Science5. Current Prevalence Estimates in the United StatesRonald C. Kessler, Olga Demler, Richard G. Frank, Mark Olfson, Harold Alan Pincus, Ellen E. Walters, Phillip Wang, Kenneth B. Wells, and Alan M. Zaslavsky: Prevalence and Treatment of Mental Disorders, 1990-2003Allan V.Horwitz and Jerome C. Wakefield: The Epidemic in Mental Illness: Clinical Fact or Survey Artifact?6. Current Cross-National Prevalence EstimatesRonald C. Kessler et al. for the WHO World Mental Health Survey Consortium: Lifetime Prevalence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of Mental Disorders in the World Health Organizations' World Mental Health Survey InitiativePart III. The Social Origins of Mental Health and Illness7. Basic ConceptsCarol S. Aneshensel: Research in Mental Health: Social Etiology versus Social ConsequencesLeonard I. Pearlin: The sociological study of stress"Peggy A. Thoits: Multiple Identities and Psychological Well-Being: "A Reformulation and Test of the Social Isolation Hypothesis"R. Jay Turner, Blair Wheaton, and Donald A. Lloyd: The epidemiology of social stress8. Roles, Social Statuses, and Mental HealthJohn Mirowsky and Catherine E. Ross: Sex Differences in Distress: Real or Artifact?Robin W. Simon: Revisiting the Relationships among Gender, Marital Status, and Mental HealthRanae J. Evenson and Robin W. Simon: Clarifying the Relationship Between Parenthood and DepressionRichard A. Miech, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie E. Moffitt, Bradley R. Entner Wright, and Phil A. Silva: Low socioeconomic status and mental disorders: A longitudinal study of selection and causation during young adulthoodMark Tausig and Rudy Fenwick: Recession and Well-BeingDavid R. Williams, Yan Yu, James S. Jackson, and Norman B. Anderson: Racial differences in physical and mental health: Socio-economic status, stress and discriminationJane D. McLeod: Childhood Parental Loss and Adult DepressionScott Schieman, Karen van Gundy, and John Taylor: Status, Role, and Resource Explanations for Age Patterns in Psychological DistressBenedict Carely: The Struggle to Gauge a War's Psychological CostPart IV. Stigma and the Social Dimensions of the Experience of Mental Illness9. LabelingThomas Scheff: The Role of the Mentally Ill and the Dynamics of Mental DisorderWalter R. Gove: Societal Reaction as an Explanation of Mental Illness: An EvaluationBruce G. Link, Francis T. Cullen, Elmer Struening, Patrick E. Shrout, and Bruce P. Dohrenwend: A Modified Labeling Theory Approach to Mental Disorders: An Empirical Assessment10. StigmaBernice Pescosolido, Bernice A., Jack K. Martin, Bruce G. Link, Saeko Kikuzawa, Giovanni Burgos, and Ralph Swindle: Americans' Views of Mental Illness and Health at Century's End: Continuity and Change11. Help-seeking and UtilizationErving Goffman: The Moral Career of the Mental PatientBernice Pescosolido, Carol A. Boyer, and Keri M. Lubell: The Social Dynamics of Responding to Mental Health ProblemsDavid Karp: Illness and IdentityPart V. The History and Social Organization of Mental Health Policy and Treatment12. Socio-historical Perspectives on Mental Health Treatment and PolicyDavid J. Rothman: The New World of the AsylumJoseph P. Morrissey and Howard H. Goldman: Cycles of Reform in the Care of the Chronically Mentally IIIFred E. Markowitz: Psychiatric Hospital Capacity, Homelessness, and Crime Arrest Rates13. Sociological Perspectives on Contemporary Mental Health Care and TreatmentAlissa Lincoln: Psychiatric Emergency Room Decision-Making, Social Control and the 'Undeserving SickSarah Rosenfield: Labeling Mental Illness: The Effects of Received Services and Perceived Stigma on Life SatisfactionBernice Pescodolido, Eric R. Wright, and William Patrick Sullivan: Communities of Care: A Theoretical Perspective on Case Management Models in Mental HealthTeresa L. Sheid: Reluctant Managers and Ideologies of CarePart VI. Mental Illness, The Family, and Society14. Mental Illness and the FamilyHarriet Lefley: Caregiver Stress and Dimensions of Family BurdenSusan A. Muhlbauer: Navigating the Storm of Mental Illness: Phases in the Family's Journey15. Mental Illness and Social ProblemsLinda A. Teplin and Nancy S. Pruett: Police as Streetcorner Psychiatrist: Managing the Mentally IllEric Silver and Brent Teasdale: Mental Disorder and Violence: An Examination of Stressful Life Events and Social SupportThomas R. Insel: Assessing the Economic Costs of Serious Mental IllnessDeborah K. Padgett: There's No Place Like (a) Home: Ontological Security Among Persons with Serious Mental Illness in the United States16. The Consumer and Family MovementsAthena Helen McLean: From Ex-patient Alternatives to Consumer Options: Consequences of Consumerism for Psychiatric Consumers and the Ex-patient Movement17. The Future of the Mental Health Care SystemE. Fuller Torrey: Fixing the SystemExcerpts from the Executive Summary of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health's Final Report

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"I wholeheartedly agree with the authors that a new book for courses in the sociology of mental health and illness is needed. The books on today's market are overly psychological, too brief, or too narrow to provide a full discourse of the sociological research and theory on this subject. Ilike McLeod and Wright's de-emphasis on disorder classification, reversing a major sociological failure of several competing books. I also like their emphasis on social construction approaches. This book can serve either as a stand-alone text or a companion book for courses in the sociology ofmental health and illness. I would be highly likely to adopt this book as a primary text in an undergraduate course." --Allen Furr, University of Louisville