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This book offers the first comprehensive presentation of the sociology of mental health and illness, including original, contemporary contributions by experts in the relevant aspects of the field. Divided into three sections, the chapters cover the general perspectives in the field, the social determinants of mental health, and current policy areas affecting mental health services. A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health is designed for classroom use in sociology, social work, human relations, human services, and psychology. With its useful definitions, overview of the historical, social, and institutional frameworks for understanding mental health and illness, and nontechnical style, the text is suitable for advanced undergraduate or lower level graduate students.
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Teresa L. Scheid is Professor of Sociology and serves on the faculty for doctoral programs in public policy, organization science, and health services research at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She has published widely on the organization and delivery of mental health care services with a focus on the work of mental health care providers. This work is reflected in her book Tie a Knot and Hang On: Providing Mental Health Care in a Turbulent Environment (2004). Professor Scheid's current work has expanded to examine the mental health consequences of HIV.Review:
"A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health is a landmark accomplishment, bringing together the leading researchers in the field to provide a conprehensive review of the state-of-the-art knowledge on the sociology of mental health and mental disorders...the text will find a readership across the mental health disciplines and encourage a new generation of mental health researchers investigating the social origins of mental disorders and their relationship to biological and psychological processes." Mental Health Sevices Research Journal
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