Mental Health and Social Problems is a textbook for social work students and practitioners. It explores the complicated relationship between mental conditions and societal issues as well as examining risk and protective factors for the prevalence, course, adaptation to and recovery from mental illness.
The introductory chapter presents bio-psycho-social and life-modeled approaches to helping individuals and families with mental illness. The book is divided into two parts. Part I addresses specific social problems, such as poverty, oppression, racism, war, violence, and homelessness, identifying the factors which contribute to vulnerabilities and risks for the development of mental health problems, including the barriers to accessing quality services. Part II presents the most current empirical findings and practice knowledge about prevalence, diagnosis, assessment, and intervention options for a range of common mental health problems - including personality conditions, eating conditions and affective conditions.
Focusing throughout upon mental health issues for children, adolescents, adults and older adults, each chapter includes case studies and web resources. This practical book is ideal for social work students who specialize in mental health.
1. Introduction to Social Problems and Mental Health/Illness, Nina Rovinelli Heller and Alex Gitterman Part I Social Problems and Mental Health/Illness 2. Oppression and Stigma and their Effects, Amy C. Watson and Shaun M. Eack 3. Poverty and its Effects, Mark R. Rank 4. Racism and its Effects, Dennis Miehls 5. War and its Effects, Scott Harding 6. Homelessness and its Effects, Judith Bula Wise 7. Corrections and its Effects, Rudolph Alexander, Jr. 8. Immigration and its Effects, Gregory Acevedo and Manny J. Gonzales 9. Child Maltreatment and its Effects, Carolyn Knight 10. Intimate Partner Violence and its Effects, Bonnie E. Carlson 11. Community Violence and its Effects, Vanessa Vorhies, Neil B. Guterman and Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia Part II Mental Health Conditions 12. Autism Spectrum Conditions, Joseph Walsh and Jacqueline Corcoran 13. Executive Function Disorders and Self Deficits, Joseph Palombo 14. Oppositional Defiant and Conduct Conditions, David W. Springer and Amanda N. Barczyk 15. Mood Conditions, Ellen Smith 16. Anxiety Conditions, Nina Rovinelli Heller and Lisa Werkmeister Rozas 17. Eating Disorder Conditions, Danna Bodenheimer and Nina Rovinelli Heller 18. Personality Conditions, Terry B. Northcut 19. Psychotic Conditions, Ellen P. Lukens and Lydia P. Ogden 20. Substance Abuse, Meredith Hanson 21. Dementia and Related Problems in Cognition and Memory, Sara Sanders and Joelle K. Osterhaus