Social Perspective: The Missing Element in Mental Health Practice

By Richard U'Ren

© 2011

Social Perspective explores the impact of social factors on individual health, a topic often overlooked in the practice of psychiatry, psychology, and medicine. Richard U'Ren synthesizes viewpoints and information usually dispersed among many disciplines to show how social roles, political-economic conditions, and the social stratification system all contribute to individual well-being or disorder.

U'Ren investigates how access to income, education, and social affiliations buffers individuals against stress and facilitates coping. He demonstrates that those who lack access to such resources suffer the poorest health and the greatest mental distress — a problem that has only grown more challenging with rising inequality.  Adding a new dimension to understandings of mental health, mental illness, and psychological distress, Social Perspective offers clinicians a concise account of society's impact on the individual.

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Adding a new dimension to understandings of mental health, mental illness, and psychological distress, Social Perspective offers clinicians a concise account of society's impact on the individual.

Social Perspective: The Missing Element in Mental Health Practice

By Richard U'Ren

© 2011

Social Perspective explores the impact of social factors on individual health, a topic often overlooked in the practice of psychiatry, psychology, and medicine. Richard U'Ren synthesizes viewpoints and information usually dispersed among many disciplines to show how social roles, political-economic conditions, and the social stratification system all contribute to individual well-being or disorder.

U'Ren investigates how access to income, education, and social affiliations buffers individuals against stress and facilitates coping. He demonstrates that those who lack access to such resources suffer the poorest health and the greatest mental distress — a problem that has only grown more challenging with rising inequality.  Adding a new dimension to understandings of mental health, mental illness, and psychological distress, Social Perspective offers clinicians a concise account of society's impact on the individual.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.9in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘This book is a must for anyone working with psychiatric patients, policy makers, and politicians… It makes the reader more humble, understanding and with greater empathy for the burdens of people with mental health problems.’
    Lisbeth Uhrskov
    Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, vol 126: 2012

    ‘This is an enlightening book that even the most psychiatrically critical health practitioners and researchers can read with pleasure… Dr. U’Ren’s book is a very welcome breath of fresh air in a field traditionally rather indifferent to the social determinants of health.’
    John Frank
    Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health February 2013

    Social Perspective is a very important book for those who are trained in the clinical sciences, providing a coherent, complete, and easily digested account of why social structures matter in understanding mental illness.’
    Lisa Strohschein, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta

    ‘Richard U’Ren breathes new life into social psychiatry with this impressive book, which presages further change in the field. Demonstrating an excellent command of a broad sweep of research, he convincingly argues that mental health workers need to take into account the social and economic backgrounds of their clients, the chronic and eventful stressors they experience, and the resources that they are able to call upon in dealing with these hardships. In its scholarly quality, cogency, and argumentation, I have high regard for Social Perspective.’
    Leonard Pearlin, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland
  • Author Information

    Richard U'Ren is an emeritus professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction: Social Perspective: An Introduction for Psychiatrists and Other Clinicians

    1  Social Perspective

    2 Socioeconomic Status, Psychiatric Disorder, and Psychological Distress

    3  Social Class

    4  Growing Inequality: Causes and Consequences

    5  Work and Whitehall

    6  Links between Socioeconomic Status, Well-Being, and Distress

    7  Class Differences in Psychotherapy

    8  The DSM, Disorder, and Distress

    9  Social Perspective in Practice

    10 In Closing

    Appendix: Reading for a Social Perspective

    Notes

    References

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