Research Handbook on Society and Mental Health


Research Handbook on Society and Mental Health

9781800378476 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Marta Elliott, Professor of Sociology, University of Nevada, Reno, US
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80037 847 6 Extent: 536 pp
This engaging Research Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of research on social factors and mental health, examining how important it is to consider the social context in which mental health issues arise, and are dealt with in the mental health care system. It illustrates how social factors affect the interactive process of psychiatric diagnosis and how society responds to people who are labelled as mentally ill.

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This engaging Research Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of research on social factors and mental health, examining how important it is to consider the social context in which mental health issues develop. It illustrates how social factors contribute to problems with mental health and how society, in turn, responds to people diagnosed with psychiatric disorders.

Expert contributors provide an in-depth review of the history of social factors and mental health, and also discuss how boundaries between disorders such as bipolar and borderline personality disorder can be blurred and contested. Past and current social factors are thoroughly reviewed such as refugee mental health, stressors linked to discrimination based on race, gender or sexual orientation, exposure to police violence and the impact of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The challenges and stigma faced by those diagnosed with disorders, alongside prejudices and discrimination in the health care system are also examined.

The Research Handbook on Society and Mental Health will be an excellent resource for scholars studying social issues in relation to mental health or illness and researchers wishing to take an interdisciplinary approach by studying biopsychosocial factors. Mental health providers interested in well-rounded learning and those people experiencing and living with mental illness will find the alternative viewpoints to mainstream psychiatry and psychology informative and illuminating.
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‘This superb volume, edited by Marta Elliott, offers a rich and distinctly sociological exploration of classic and contemporary topics in mental health research. The authors, including emerging and eminent scholars, address core topics like stigma and medicalization as well as the mental impacts of contemporary crises like COVID-19 and environmental threats. Scholars, practitioners, and policy makers alike have much to learn from this collection.’
– Deborah Carr, Boston University, US

‘This wide-ranging and timely volume is a welcome addition to research on the social dynamics of mental health and illness. Including focused reviews and original empirical work, the contributions provide important insights on both established areas and more recent areas of concern such the COVID-19 pandemic, school shootings, and police violence.’
– Kerry Dobransky, James Madison University, US

‘In this outstanding volume, Marta Elliott assembles an impressive range of authors to present the latest thinking on both common and novel topics in mental health research. From the classic sociological roots of mental health research to critical analyses of contemporary therapies, the chapters offer fresh insights to readers who are new to the field as well as to seasoned scholars.’
– Jane D. McLeod, Indiana University, US
Contributors: Meredith A. Blackwell, Breanna D. Brock, Robyn Lewis Brown, Deborah I. Bybee, Ryeora Choe, Gabriele Ciciurkaite, Deirdre A. Colburn, Preety Das, Victoria De Anda, Jordan DeVylder, Michael J. Doane, Sigita Doblytė, Yuka K. Doherty, Timothy G. Edgemon, Annahita Ehsan, Daniel Eisenberg, Marta Elliott, Christopher G. Ellison, Lisa Fedina, Kevin J. Flannelly, Marta Gibin, Jessica Goodkind, Stephani L. Hatch, Carina Heckert, Julia Meredith Hess, Allan V. Horwitz, Michael Hughes, Austin H. Johnson, Ebony D. Johnson, Ann E. Jones, René Keet, Verna M. Keith, K. Jill Kiecolt, Megan LaMotte, Rhiannon Lane, David L. Lardier, Rhoshel K Lenroot, Dania Lerman, Jonathan Marsh, Antonio Maturo, Marcello A. Maviglia, Dawne M. Mouzon, Anne Nassauer, James M. Ragsdale, Thalya Reyes, Rebecca Rhead, Baker A. Rogers, Jason Schnittker, Sarah Shah, Dena T. Smith, Ming Tai-Seale, Heather A. Turner, Pınar Üstel, Manuel Vallée, Charlotte Woodhead, Sasha Zhou, Douglas Ziedonis

Introduction to Research Handbook on Society and Mental Health xv
Marta Elliott
1 The historical legacy of the sociology of mental health 1
Allan V. Horwitz
2 Seekers and providers: medicalization of circumstantial sadness and fear 20
Sigita Doblytė
3 Bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder or borderline
bipolar? Negotiating the blurred boundaries between psychosocial and
biomedical categories 34
Rhiannon Lane
4 The digital forces of medicalization: the role of apps for mental health 53
Antonio Maturo and Marta Gibin
5 Obscuring air pollution and pesticides’ contribution to depression: the
role of the Canadian and New Zealand governments 66
Manuel Vallée
6 Refugee mental health: differential trauma exposure and gendered
expectations as explanatory mechanisms for disparities 82
Jessica R. Goodkind, Julia Meredith Hess, Ryeora Choe, Yuka Doherty,
Meredith A. Blackwell, David T. Lardier, and Deborah I. Bybee
7 Stratified access to care and mental health implications for pregnant and
postpartum immigrants in the US‒Mexico border region 101
Victoria De Anda and Carina Heckert
8 Racial identity and the racial paradox in mental health 115
Michael Hughes, K. Jill Kiecolt, and Verna M. Keith
9 Does racial identity buffer against poor mental health among Black
Americans? Examining everyday discrimination and the nexus of
ethnicity and nativity 136
Dawne M. Mouzon, Breanna D. Brock, Ebony D. Johnson, and Thalya Reyes
10 Beyond immigrant generation: religious approach, perceptions of
discrimination, and the stress process model 159
Sarah Shah
11 Stigma visibility and mental health among lesbians and gay men 176
Michael J. Doane and Marta Elliott
12 Disability, ableism, and mental health 201
Robyn Lewis Brown and Gabriele Ciciurkaite
13 The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on stress: a cross-national
analysis of economic and public health policies and individual characteristics 218
James M. Ragsdale, Megan LaMotte, and Marta Elliott
14 School shootings: the social dynamics of mental disorder 233
Anne Nassauer
15 The social epidemiology of adverse childhood experiences 251
Heather A. Turner and Deirdre A. Colburn
16 Police violence and mental health: the uncharted empirical inquiry of
a long-standing societal problem 268
Jonathan Marsh, Dania Lerman, Jordan DeVylder, and Lisa Fedina
17 Impact of relationship to the perpetrator and self-blame on college
women’s well-being following sexual assault 289
Ann E. Jones
18 The bitter and the sweet revisited: religious resources, spiritual
struggles, and psychological distress 306
Christopher G. Ellison and Kevin J. Flannelly
19 College student mental health: current trends and implications for
higher education 325
Sasha Zhou and Daniel Eisenberg
20 Coping with the “pains of imprisonment”: the interaction of
institutional conditions and individual experiences on inmate mental health 348
Timothy G. Edgemon
21 The impact of stigma on the well-being of people diagnosed with
mental illness: why stigma persists and why it remains consequential 366
Jason Schnittker
22 Understanding inequity in mental health care: the role of discrimination
in providing and experiencing care 382
Annahita Ehsan, Charlotte Woodhead, Preety Das, Rebecca Rhead and
Stephani L. Hatch
23 Trans men’s access to and discrimination in mental healthcare in the
Southeastern United States 409
Baker A. Rogers and Austin H. Johnson
24 Beyond psychoanalysis: psychodynamic psychotherapy in a biomedical
and behavioral world 428
Dena T. Smith
25 Withdrawal, not relapse: analysis of an online forum for people coming
off antidepressant medications 445
Pınar Üstel
26 Open Dialogue approach to treating serious mental illness 461
Rhoshel K. Lenroot, Marcello A. Maviglia, Ming Tai-Seale, and Douglas Ziedonis
27 Community-based mental health care 482
René Keet

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