Sociology of Mental Health

Selected Topics from Forty Years 1970s-2010s

  • Robert J. Johnson
  • R. Jay Turner
  • Bruce G. Link

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)

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About this book


This volume provides an overview of mental health research conducted by sociologists. It discusses dominant themes such as stress, the community and mental life, family structure, social relations and recovery. The unique contribution of sociology to the study of mental health has a long history stretching from the very foundations of modern sociology. Yet it was only twenty years ago that the Section on Sociology of Mental Health of the American Sociological Association was formed largely in response to a burgeoning rise in the sum and significance of research in the field. Today the section is a large and vibrant one with its own journal, Society and Mental Health. This book explores several of the themes that have occurred during that period, providing both perspectives of the past and prospects for the future. The volume is timely, following closely the 20th anniversary of the section’s formation. Its coverage of key issues and its advancement of the scholarly debates on these issues will prove valuable to students and senior scholars alike.


Coping with Depression Health and Social Behavior Legacy of Stress Research Mental Health Research Mental Health Services Mental Health and Future Sociological Directions Mental Illness Stigma Mental Illness and Recovery Research in Mental Health Social Relationships Sociology of Mental Health Stress and Social Support The Stress Process

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Johnson
    • 1
  • R. Jay Turner
    • 2
  • Bruce G. Link
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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