By Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim
A former BMA clinical ebook of the yr award winner, this ebook presents a sociological research of significant components of psychological health and wellbeing and illness.
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Additional resources for A sociology of mental health and illness
With the exception of (naïve) social causationism, sociological perspectives problematize the diagnostic perspective on mental disorder. The force of these arguments can be seen in the continuing debates both within sociology and increasingly from across other disciplines, particularly those who encounter mental distress and interpersonal dysfunction in their everyday work. Various forms of ambivalence are evident on all sides. Social realists can still ‘do business’ with psychiatry, particularly if a bio-psycho-social model is deployed and investigated in a spirit of genuine interdisciplinary collaboration.
Arguably the relationship between social class and mental health is the most consistent one to be demonstrated in sociological research. This chapter will explore various aspects of that consistent relationship. It will cover: • • • • • • the general relationship between social class and health status; the relationship between social class and diagnosed mental illness; social capital and mental health; the relationship between poverty and mental health status; social class and mental health professionalism; lay views about mental health and social class.
6 How have sociology and psychiatry dealt with the mind/body dualism? For discussion Consider your own views about mental health and illness. How do they relate to the range of perspectives offered in this chapter? 2 Social stratification and mental health Chapter overview Whether we use the term ‘social class’ or ‘socio-economic status’, there is no dispute that differentials of wealth, power and status are considered to be of recurring importance for sociologists. The study of mental health accords with this trend.