The Influence of Social Factors on Mental Health

Donna D. McAlpine, David Mechanic

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrinciples and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780470747230
StatePublished - Dec 2 2010


  • Demographic shifts, social patterning of mental illness - in later life, different with future cohorts of older persons
  • Depression, persons with psychotic disorders - schizophrenia, and onset early in life
  • Epidemiological studies, and ageing - not associated with greater risk of experiencing a mental disorder
  • Interpreting symptoms, and mental illness - complicated, by drug use to treat physical illnesses
  • Reliability and validity of lifetime estimates - of mental illness, seriously questioned
  • Social context of mental illness - social factors, causally related to first-onset of mental illness
  • Social factors and their influence - on mental health
  • Social factors, affecting development and socialization
  • Social selection, social or health experiences - for mental disorder among the elderly
  • Social support, as buffer to life stress - its absence, onset of depressive symptoms

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