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Understanding Depression


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Part I: Introduction. Depression: a gendered problem. What is depression? Definitional debates. Part II: Explaining Depression in women: mainstream frameworks. Looking for sources of depression within person environment interactions: diathesis-stress models. Depression and women's psychology: susceptibility or specifity? Social Models of depression: sources of adversity and stress in women's lives. Women's bodies, women's lives and depression: exploring material-discursive approaches. Part III: Embodied lives: understanding depression in women in context. Depression in adolescence: negotiating identities in a girl-poisoning culture. Women's lives and depression: marriage and motherhood. Women and agining: depression in midlife and old age. Part IV: Implications for theory and practise: feminist socil constructionist approaches. Women overcoming depression: coping, treatment and politics. Why new perspectives are needed for understanding depression in women.

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Janet M. Stoppard is a Professor in Psychology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. She has worked as a clinical psychologist and has published widely in women, mental health and depression.


"This is an excellent book that will be of interest to a wide range of readers, including women who wish to know more about depression because of their own experiences with it, undergraduate and graduate students in a range of disciplines, feminist therapist and scholars interested in depression, and psychologist who want a thorough and critical overview of the literature on women and depression."
Meridith Kimball, Simon Fraser University, "Canadian Psychology

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