Sociology of Mental Illness, 3/e
Bernard J. Gallagher, Villanova University
Published October, 1998 by Prentice Hall Humanities/Social Science
Copyright 1995, 496 pp.
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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
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
common forms of Mental Illness section expanded from 5
to 6 chapters.
- new Ch. 12 on Gender, Marital Status, and Family
- new Ch. 13 on Religion, Ethnicity and Race.
classifies mental disorders according to DSM-IV criteria.
- new Ch. 7 includes eating disorders.
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:
draws on thousands of studies from the last 50 years
of organized research in psychiatric sociology as well as psychiatry
- eating disorders.
- panic disorder.
- post traumatic stress disorder.
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
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
- 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
- demonstrates the unique nature of different forms of
1. Mental Illness and Society.
2. Concepts, Definition and Types of Mental Illness: A
3. Environmental Theories of Mental Illness:
Psychological and Sociological Models.
COMMON FORMS OF MENTAL ILLNESS.
4. Schizophrenic and Mood Disorders.
THE SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY OF MENTAL ILLNESS.
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.
THE PSYCHOSOCIAL EXPERIENCE OF THE MENTAL PATIENT.
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