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Social causes of psychological distress

Author: John Mirowsky; Catherine E Ross
Publisher: New York : Aldine de Gruyter, ©2003.
Series: Social institutions and social change.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats

One of the goals of sociology is to understand the connections between social and personal problems. This book explores these connections by taking a scientific look at community patterns of  Read more...


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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Mirowsky; Catherine E Ross
ISBN: 0202307085 9780202307084 0202307093 9780202307091
OCLC Number: 50251887
Description: vii, 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Introduction --
1. Introduction --
Understanding the connections between social and personal problems --
Preview --
pt. II. Researching the causes of distress --
2. Measuring psychological well-being and distress --
What is psychological distress? --
Diagnosis : superimposed distinctions --
Conclusion : the story of a woman diagnosed --
Appendix of symptom indexes --
3. Real-world causes of real-world misery --
Establishing cause in the human sciences --
Explaining real patterns --
pt. III. Social patterns of distress --
4. Basic patterns --
Community mental health surveys --
Socioeconomic status --
Marriage --
Children at home --
Gender --
Undesirable life events --
Age --
Discussion --
5. New patterns --
Life course disruptions and developments --
Neighborhood disadvantage and disorder --
pt. IV. Explaining the patterns --
6. Life change : an abandoned explanation --
Conceptual history of life change and stress --
Contradictory evidence --
Variants of the life change index --
Alternative concepts and future research --
7. Alienation --
Control --
Commitment --
Support --
Meaning --
Normality --
Alienation : the prime stressor --
8. Authoritarianism and inequity --
Authoritarianism --
Inequity --
pt. V. Conclusion --
9. Why some people are more distressed than others --
Control of one's own life --
The importance of social factors --
Genetics and biochemistry as alternative explanations --
What can be done? --
"Take arms against a sea of troubles" --
Appendix : description of data sets and measures --
Aging, Status, and the Sense of Control Survey --
Community, Crime, and Health Survey --
Illinois Survey of Well-Being --
Life Stress and Illness Project --
Women and Work Study --
Work, Family, and Well-Being Survey.
Series Title: Social institutions and social change.
Responsibility: John Mirowsky, Catherine E. Ross.
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"It comes at a time when the prevailing zeitgeist in psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology devalues social explanations, dimensional approaches to symptoms, and survey designs and favors instead Read more...

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