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Women's Mental Health

Resistance and Resilience in Community and Society

  • Nazilla Khanlou
  • F. Beryl Pilkington

Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xl
  2. Structural Determinants of Women’s Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alexis Buettgen, Rachel Gorman, Marcia Rioux, Kuhu Das, Soumya Vinayan
      Pages 3-18
    3. Pat Armstrong, Irene Jansen
      Pages 19-32
  3. Community, Social Support, and Women’s Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Sara Podio Guidugli, Claudio Barbaranelli, Chiara Giacomantonio, Domenico Di Giorgio, Marta Gramazio
      Pages 111-125
  4. Health and Social Services, Resistance, and Women’s Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Lia Carneiro Silveira, Isabella Costa Martins, Zenilda Rodrigues
      Pages 129-143
    3. Andrea LaMarre, Carla Rice, Merryl Bear
      Pages 145-160
    4. Marta Reis, Lúcia Ramiro, Margarida Gaspar de Matos
      Pages 161-170
    5. Ali Firoozabadi, Nick Bellissimo, Ahmad Ghanizadeh, Abrisham Tanhatan Nesseri
      Pages 171-182
  5. Displacement, Migration, Resettlement, and Women’s Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Théogène-Octave Gakuba, Mohamadou Sall, Gilbert Fokou, Christiane Kouakou, Martin Amalaman, Solange Kone
      Pages 185-200
    3. Jehane Simona Moussa, Marco Pecoraro, Didier Ruedin, Serge Houmard
      Pages 217-231

About this book


This book analyzes systemic problems affecting women's mental health--social inequities, marginalization, racism, and displacement among them--and proposes holistic real-world approaches to practice and policy. Women’s experiences from around the globe are examined including Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, India, Iran, Italy, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Pakistan, Portugal, Rwanda, Senegal, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States. Together, the chapters in this book deepen our understanding of the  intersections of gender, race, culture, age, class, immigration status, and motherhood. Ongoing issues such as violence against women, maternal depression, eating disorders, and the stressors affecting female health care workers are discussed in familial and societal contexts. Contributors from a range of disciplines also identify relevant mental health assets including resilience, social support, and culturally-based healing, and suggest changes that sectors and systems must make to recognize women’s diversity and develop and implement appropriate policies and services.

Included in the international and interdisciplinary coverage:

  • Structural Determinants of Women’s Mental Health
  • Community, Social Support, and Women’s Mental Health 
  • Health and Social Services, Resistance, and Women’s Mental Health
  • Displacement, Migration, Resettlement, and Women’s Mental Health
  • Poverty, Marginalization, and Women’s Mental Health
  • Motherhood, Resilience, and Women’s Mental Health

At a time when barriers to women's well-being are recognized as a global health crisis, Women's Mental Health is a profound source of information for researchers in psychology, public health, and educational policy.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nazilla Khanlou
    • 1
  • F. Beryl Pilkington
    • 2
  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.York UniversityTorontoCanada

About the editors

Dr. Khanlou is the women's health research chair in mental health in the Faculty of Health at York University and an associate professor in its School of Nursing. Professor Khanlou's clinical background is in psychiatric nursing. Her overall program of research is situated in the interdisciplinary field of community-based mental health promotion in general, and mental health promotion among youth and women in multicultural and immigrant-receiving settings in particular. Dr. Khanlou was the 2011-2013 co-director of the Ontario Multicultural Health Applied Research Network. She is founder of the International Network on Youth Integration, an international network for knowledge exchange and collaboration on youth. Dr. Pilkington is associate professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, York University, Toronto, Canada, where she has been a faculty member since 1999. From 2009 to 2012 she served as the School’s first associate director for research and graduate education, and she is currently the inaugural coordinator for an interdisciplinary BA and BSc program in global health. Dr. Pilkington’s clinical background is in maternal-newborn and women’s health. Current research includes community-based studies with youth and sole support mothers living in a marginalized neighbourhood, with a focus on resilience, health and well-being.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Women's Mental Health
  • Book Subtitle Resistance and Resilience in Community and Society
  • Editors Nazilla Khanlou
    F. Beryl Pilkington
  • Series Title Advances in Mental Health and Addiction
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advances in Mental Health and Addiction
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-17325-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-36365-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-17326-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XL, 390
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Psychology
    Gender Studies
    Social Work
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“Women’s Mental Health is an important resource for mental health professionals, policy makers, and mental and public health administrators. It provides a wealth of data, insight into women’s lived experiences, culturally sensitive recommendations, and practical solutions to the range and variety of circumstances that have a profound and lasting impact on women and their families and communities.” (Janet Etzi, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (14), April, 2016)