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Sociology of Mental Illness, 3/e

Bernard J. Gallagher, Villanova University

Published October, 1998 by Prentice Hall Humanities/Social Science

Copyright 1995, 496 pp.
ISBN 0-13-014408-8

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Exceptionally detailed, comprehensive, and sophisticated, this text covers all aspects of the sociology of mental illness. Its clear, straight forward writing style features an abundance of examples from everyday life.


extends coverage of theory to include all sociological and psychological models.
expands cross-cultural coverage of mental illness,, including an interesting description of several “culture bound syndromes.”
Social Epidemiology section expanded from 3 to 5 chapters

  • new Ch. 12 on Gender, Marital Status, and Family Relationships.
  • new Ch. 13 on Religion, Ethnicity and Race.
common forms of Mental Illness section expanded from 5 to 6 chapters.
  • new Ch. 7 includes eating disorders.
classifies mental disorders according to DSM-IV criteria.
uses case examples from DSM Case Book (of the American Psychiatric Association) to bring material to clinical life.
broadens the section on “patienthood” to include more about the problems of deinstitutionalization in the 1990s, as well as an evaluation of mental health legislation.
features new sections on:
  • eating disorders.
  • panic disorder.
  • post traumatic stress disorder.
draws on thousands of studies from the last 50 years of organized research in psychiatric sociology as well as psychiatry in general.
examines the impact of sociocultural forces on mental health from every possible angle — from the microsocial world of the family to the macrosocial environments of culture, economy and war.
dissects all of the issues about the sociology of mental illness and provides a large section about the symptoms and causes of mental illness.
provides background about psychopathology — necessary for understanding the sociological dimensions of the problem.
  • reveals the often horrible social experiences people undergo as they become mentally ill, undergo treatment, and attempt to rejoin the outside community.
  • shows how mental illness varies around the world (e.g., especially in the case of syndromes with symptoms peculiar to a particular culture).
  • demonstrates the unique nature of different forms of mental illness.

Table of Contents
    1. Mental Illness and Society.
    2. Concepts, Definition and Types of Mental Illness: A Cross-Cultural Perspective.
    3. Environmental Theories of Mental Illness: Psychological and Sociological Models.

    4. Schizophrenic and Mood Disorders.
    5. Anxiety Disorders.
    6. Personality Disorders.
    7. Somatoform, Dissociative and Eating Disorders.
    8. Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders.
    9. Substance Related Disorders.
    10. Epidemiology: An Overview of Patterns of Mental Illness.
    11. Social Class and Social Mobility.
    12. Gender, Marital Status and Family Relationships.
    13. Religion, Ethnicity and Race.
    14. Migration, Place of Residence and Age.
    15. Becoming a Mental Patient: The Prepatient Process.
    16. Treatment: The Inpatient Experience.
    17. After the Mental Hospital: The Social Role of the Ex-Mental Patient.


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