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> A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health

A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health Social Contexts, Theories, and Systems


Edited by Teresa L. Scheid, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Eric R. Wright, Georgia State University
Published 2017


With chapters written by leading scholars and researchers, the third edition of A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health provides an updated, comprehensive review of the sociology of mental health. The volume presents an overview of the historical, social, and institutional frameworks for understanding mental health and illness. Part I examines the social factors that shape psychiatric diagnosis and the measurement of mental health and illness, the theories that explain the definition and treatment of mental disorders, and cultural…

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  • With two new chapters and substantial revisions on mental health policy, the volume analyzes the impact of the passing of the Affordable Care Act on mental health care
  • Several new chapters address the DSM-5 and its potential influence on diagnosis and research on mental health outcomes
  • Due to an increased attention on adolescent suicide and prevention efforts in mental health, new chapters have been added to address these issues

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