Understanding Depression: Feminist Social Constructionist Approaches by Janet StoppardUnderstanding Depression: Feminist Social Constructionist Approaches by Janet Stoppard

Understanding Depression: Feminist Social Constructionist Approaches

byJanet StoppardEditorJanet Stoppard

Paperback | December 15, 1999

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Women are particularly vulnerable to depression.Understanding Depressionprovides an in-depth critical examination of mainstream approaches to understanding and treating depression from a feminist perspective. Janet Stoppard argues that current approaches give only partial accounts of womens' experiences of depression and concludes that a better understanding will only be achieved when womens' experiences and lived realities are considered in relation to the material and social conditions in which their everyday lives are embedded. The impact of this change in approach for modes of treatment are discussed and solutions are suggested.
Understanding Depressionoffers new insights into the problem and its treatment. It will prove useful to those with an interest in depression and gender as well as mental health practitioners.
Janet M. Stoppardis a Professor in Psychology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. She has worked as a clinical psychologist and has published widely in women, mental health and depression.
Title:Understanding Depression: Feminist Social Constructionist ApproachesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.6 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:RoutledgeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415165636

ISBN - 13:9780415165631


Table of Contents

Part I:Introduction. Depression: a gendered problem. What is depression? Definitional debates.Part II:Explaining Depression in women: mainstream frameworks. Looking for sources of depression within person environment interactions: diathesis-stress models. Depression and women's psychology: susceptibility or specifity? Social Models of depression: sources of adversity and stress in women's lives. Women's bodies, women's lives and depression: exploring material-discursive approaches.Part III:Embodied lives: understanding depression in women in context. Depression in adolescence: negotiating identities in a girl-poisoning culture. Women's lives and depression: marriage and motherhood. Women and agining: depression in midlife and old age.Part IV:Implications for theory and practise: feminist socil constructionist approaches. Women overcoming depression: coping, treatment and politics. Why new perspectives are needed for understanding depression in women.

From Our Editors

Truly understanding another person’s experience involves being able to walk a mile in his or her shoes. But what happens when, by virtue of such factors as race or gender, it just isn’t possible? Janet Stoppard asks us to think along these lines when we consider the ways we can treat female depression and try to comprehend what really goes on in a woman’s daily existence. Understanding Depression also suggests ways in which we can ensure that women get appropriate treatment in the early stages.

Editorial Reviews

"This is an excellent book that will be of interest to a wide range of readers, including women who wish to know more about depression because of their own experiences with it, undergraduate and graduate students in a range of disciplines, feminist therapist and scholars interested in depression, and psychologist who want a thorough and critical overview of the literature on women and depression."- Meridith Kimball, Simon Fraser University, "Canadian Psychology