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Men, Women and Madness : Understanding Gender and Mental Disorder - Joan Busfield

Men, Women and Madness

Understanding Gender and Mental Disorder


Published: 21st May 1996
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Nowadays mental disorder is often seen as a typically female malady. This book rejects this claim, focusing on the complex patterning of mental disorder identified in men and women. The first part of the book - on fundamentals - examines the gendered landscape of mental disorder, key concepts and approaches, and the way in which gender is embedded in constructs of mental disorder. The second part, on the origins of mental disorder, considers theories of the causes of mental disorder and the extent to which the different causes can account for the gendered landscape of disorder. It concludes with a discussion of the policy implications of the analysis.

Preface - Introduction - PART 1: GENDER, CONSTRUCTS AND SERVICES - The Gendered Landscape - Theorising Gender - Mental Disorder, Medicine and the Regulation of Rationality - Measuring Mental Disorder - Gender and Constructs of Mental Disorder - The Historical Context - PART 2: GENDER AND THE ORIGINS OF MENTAL DISORDER - Biological Origins - Feminist Psychologies and Gendered Individuals - Stress and the Gender Division of Labour - Trauma and Powerlessness: War and Sexual Violence - Conclusions - Appendix - Notes - References - Index

ISBN: 9780333463703
ISBN-10: 0333463706
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 21st May 1996
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.0 x 12.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 10