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Social causes of psychological distress

Author: John Mirowsky; Catherine E Ross
Publisher: New York : De Gruyter, ©1989.
Series: Social institutions and social change.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Mirowsky; Catherine E Ross
ISBN: 0202303543 9780202303543 0202303551 9780202303550
OCLC Number: 19555947
Description: vii, 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Understanding the connections between social and personal problems --
A preview --
Researching the causes of distress : sociology compared to psychiatry and psychology. Measuring psychological distress. What is psychological distress? --
Diagnosis --
How a diagnosis is made --
A sea of troubles --
Conclusion: The story of a woman diagnosed --
Appendix 2.A: The diagnostic interview schedule : major depression --
Appendix 2.B: 91 symptoms --
Real world causes of real world misery. Establishing cause in human sciences --
Finding causes : the three criteria --
Population studies in distress --
Judging causal order --
Experimental studies of distress --
Ersatz experiments on personality and depression --
Explaining real patterns --
Social patterns of distress. Established patterns. Community mental health surveys --
The four basic patterns --
A preview of explanations --
Discussion --
New patterns : questioning cultural myths. Children : blessing or burden? --
Religion : comforting belief? --
Overweight : internalized stigma? --
Age : the best years of your life --
A preview of explanations --
Explaining the patterns. Life change. A scientific myth --
Alienation. Control --
Commitment --
Support --
Meaning --
Normality --
Summary --
Authoritarianism and inequality. Authoritarianism --
Inequality --
Conclusion: Why some people are more distressed than others. Control of one's own life --
Social causes of psychological distress, how important are they? --
What about genetics and biochemistry as alternative explanations? --
What can be done to prevent distress? --
"Take arms against a sea of troubles" --
Appendix: Description of data sets and measures. Illinois Survey of Well-Being --
Women and Work Study --
Health Behavior study --
Life Stress and Illness Project.
Series Title: Social institutions and social change.
Responsibility: John Mirowsky, Catherine E. Ross.

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