Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World

Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World

by Dana C. Jack, Alisha Ali

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Overview

Winner of the 2011 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award! This award is presented by APA Division 52 to the authors or editors of a book that makes the greatest contribution to psychology as an international discipline and profession. This international volume offers new perspectives on social and psychological aspects of depression. The twenty-one contributors hailing from thirteen countries represent contexts with very different histories, political and economic structures, and gender role disparities. Authors rely on Silencing the Self theory, which details the negative psychological effects that result when individuals silence themselves in close relationships, and the importance of social context in precipitating depression. Specific patterns of thought on how to achieve closeness in relationships (self-silencing schema) are known to predict depression. This book breaks new ground by demonstrating that the link between depressive symptoms and self-silencing occurs across a range of cultures. Silencing the Self Across Cultures explains why women's depression is more widespread than men's, and why the treatment of depression lies in understanding that a person's individual psychology is inextricably related to the social world and close relationships. Several chapters describe the transformative possibilities of community-driven movements for disadvantaged women that support healing through a recovery of voice, as well as the need to counter violations of human rights as a means of reducing women's risk of depression. Bringing the work of these researchers together in one collection furthers international dialogue about critical social factors that affect the rising rates of depression around the globe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190453299
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2010
Series: Culture, Cognition, and Behavior
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Dana C. Jack is Professor at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. Her research examines women's depression and anger in the US and internationally, and qualitative research methods. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal in 2001, and is the author of three books, including Silencing the Self: Women and Depression. Alisha Ali is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. Her research examines social influences on women's depression, including the effects of emotional abuse, racism, and harassment. She is currently the principal investigator on a series of studies examining economic empowerment for survivors of domestic violence.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Silence No More Judith Worell Section I: Setting the Stage: Social, Biomedical, and Ethical Issues in Understanding Women's Depression Chapter 1: Introduction: Culture, Self-Silencing, and Depression: A Contextual-Relational Perspective Dana Crowley Jack and Alisha Ali Chapter 2: The Social Causes of Women's Depression: A Question of Rights Violated? Jill Astbury Chapter 3: Drugs Don't Talk: Do Medication and Biological Psychiatry Contribute to Silencing the Self? Richard A. Gordon Chapter 4: The Itinerant Researcher: Ethical and Methodological Issues in Conducting Cross-Cultural Mental Health Research Joseph E. Trimble, María R. Scharrón-del Río, and Guillermo Bernal Section II: Self-Silencing and Depression across Cultures Introduction to Section II: On the Critical Importance of Relationships for Women's Well-Being Judith Jordan Chapter 5: Women's Self-Silencing and Depression in the Socio-Cultural Context of Germany Tanja Zoellner and Susanne Hedlund Chapter 6: Gender as Culture: The Meanings of Self-Silencing in Women and Men Linda Smolak Chapter 7: 'I Don't Express My Feelings to Anyone': How Self-Silencing Relates to Depression and Gender in Nepal Dana Jack, Bindu Pokharel, and Usha Subba Chapter 8: Silencing the Self across Generations and Gender in Finland Airi Hautamäki Chapter 9: The Meaning of Self-Silencing in Polish Women Krystyna Drat-Ruszczak Chapter 10: Exploring the Immigrant Experience through Self-Silencing Theory and the Full Frame Approach: The Case of Caribbean Immigrant Women in Canada and the U.S. Alisha Ali Chapter 11: Deconstructing Gendered Discourses of Love, Power, and Violence in Intimate Relationships: Portuguese Women's Experiences Sofia Neves and Conceição Nogueira Chapter 12: Authentic Self-Expression: Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture Anjoo Sikka, Linda (Gratch) Vaden-Goad, and Lisa K. Waldner Chapter 13: Silencing the Self and Personality Vulnerabilities Associated with Depression Avi Besser, Gordon L. Flett, and Paul L. Hewitt Chapter 14: Sociopolitical, Gender, and Cultural Factors in the Conceptualization and Treatment of Depression among Haitian Women Guerda Nicolas, Bridget Hirsch, and Clelia Beltrame Section III: The Health Effects of Self-Silencing Introduction to Section III: Empowering Depressed Women: The Importance of a Feminist Lens Laura S. Brown Chapter 15: Supporting Voice in Women Living with HIV/AIDS Rosanna F. DeMarco Chapter 16: Facilitating Women's Development through the Illness of Cancer: Depression, Self-Silencing, and Self-Care Mary Sormanti Chapter 17: Eating Disorders and Self-Silencing: A Function-Focused Approach to Treatment Josie Geller, Sujatha Srikameswaran, and Stephanie Cassin Chapter 18: Self-Silencing and the Risk of Heart Disease and Death in Women: The Framingham Offspring Study Elaine D. Eaker and Margaret Kelly-Hayes Chapter 19: Silencing the Heart: Women in Treatment for Cardiovascular Disease Maria I. Medved Chapter 20: Disruption of the Silenced Self: The Case of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome Jane M. Ussher and Janette Perz Chapter 21: 'I Wasn't being True to Myself': Women's Narratives of Postpartum Depression Natasha S. Mauthner Chapter 22: Seeking Safety with Undesirable Outcomes: Women's Self-Silencing in Abusive Intimate Relationships and Implications for Healthcare Stephanie J. Woods COMMENTARY Janet M. Stoppard Appendix A: The Silencing the Self Scale

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