How do we understand mental health problems in their social context?
A former BMA Medical Book of the Year award winner, this book provides a sociological analysis of major areas of mental health and illness. The book considers contemporary and historical aspects of sociology, social psychiatry, policy and therapeutic law to help students develop an in-depth and critical approach to this complex subject. New developments for the sixth edition include:
Brand new chapter on aging and older people
Updated material on social class, ethnicity, user involvement, young people and adolescence
New coverage on prisons legalism and the rise of digital mental health management and delivery
A classic in its field, this well-established textbook offers a rich, contemporary and well-crafted overview of mental health and illness unrivalled by competitors and is essential reading for students and professionals studying a range of medical sociology and health-related courses. It is also highly suitable for trainee mental health workers in the fields of social work, nursing, clinical psychology and psychiatry.
This classic text book has for many years provided the definitive sociological lens with which to understand the range of conceptual approaches to understanding mental illness in the historical journey from madness to emotional health and the complex interdisciplinary challenges of providing appropriate care or treatment to human distress and suffering. This updated edition continues to provide illuminating insights and clarifications not only for students but for academic researchers and scholars at all levels.
Gillian Bendelow, Professor in Sociology of Health and Medicine, School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton
A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness is a sociological classic for three decades now it has been essential reading for all sociologists (and other social scientists) wishing to learn more about mental (ill-)health and society, be they students or professional teachers and researchers. It has also long been a beacon, and will continue to guide, mental health practitioners keen to better understand and engage with the social dimensions of their work. A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness is an incomparable resource.
Professor Martyn Pickersgill, University of Edinburgh, UK
The relationship between sociology and mental health has been well documented over the years. Social factors such as poverty, social stress, socioeconomic disadvantages, inequality, social exclusion have been implicated for increased rates of mental health problems. Unfortunately, psychiatry has not engaged sufficiently with sociology. A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness has covered this disparity. The sixth edition is a most welcome addition updating social trends and new sociological material relevant to mental health, more emphasis on service users participation and the emerged evidence base. It is a classic that should be an essential reading for all mental health professionals.
Nick Bouras, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
Anne Rogers is Professor of Medical Sociology & Health Systems Implementation at the University of Southampton.
David Pilgrim is Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton.
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