This book presents the major issues and research findings on the influence of race, class, gender, age and social class on the incidence of mental disorder. It also examines the institutions put in place to help those with mental disorders.
Updating earlier editions from 1981 to 2000, Cockerham (U. of Alabama- Birmingham) summarizes the major issues and research findings in the sociological literature on mental disorder. Though the field is a subspecialty of medical sociology, he believes the information to be relevant to sociologists in general. He discusses such aspects as types of mental disorder, urban versus rural living, the mental hospital patient, and the law. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR