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A Public Health Perspective of Women’s Mental Health

Levin, Bruce Lubotsky, Becker, Marion Ann (Eds.)

2010, XXII, 393p.

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From the reviews:

"The book by Levin and Becker entitled A Public Health Perspective on Women’s Mental Health will become a primary source for everyone interested in women’s issues. It is a comprehensive and unique overview on all aspects of this rapidly changing area. It is equally useful for both clinicians and policy makers, and provides detailed insight into issues that are often treated with a summary overview. 

This book includes a review of the epidemiology of women’s medical and mental disorders throughout the life span and current information on obvious areas of interest, including eating disorders and depression. It also includes a public health perspective on issues less automatically thought about from a female perspective, including HIV/AIDS, epidemiology of incarceration, managed care organizations, substance use, and menopause. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in the health and mental health of women."

Ronald J Diamond M.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin

"This timely resource offers a holistic examination of one of the most troubling failures of our health system – the persistent denial of mental health as a critical component of health – while also contributing to the growing body of evidence on the importance of women’s health, not only to women themselves, but to the safety and security of their families, communities, and society at large.  Bravo to Drs. Levin & Becker for tackling this head on in a thorough, elegant, and straightforward manner.  This book needs to be in the hands of every graduate student, educator, and professional interested in improving health locally and globally".Donna J. Petersen, MHS, ScD, Professor & Dean, College of Public Health, University of South Florida

“Current literature regarding women’s mental health services generally comes from a clinical and/or biomedical perspective. This volume’s approach is to examine the need for mental health services and the effect of mental disorders in women’s daily lives. … The collection emphasizes the importance of establishing a public health perspective for the study of women’s mental health via an interdisciplinary framework to support future research and policy. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and up.” (M. L. Charleroy, Choice, Vol. 48 (5), January, 2011)

“A Public Health Perspective of Women’s Mental Health fills a void in the literature discovered while Dr. Becker was teaching graduate students–no text dealt directly with mental disorders among women from a public health perspective, and one was sorely needed. … The data presented in this book help plug the gap in knowledge and give ideas for emerging opportunities for women’s health. … it is a wonderful compilation of data from two editors who are champions for policy on women’s mental health.”­­­ (Linda B. Cottler, The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, Vol. 37 (4), October, 2010)



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