Women and Depression

Antecedents, Consequences, and Interventions

By Peter Horvath

© 2009 – Routledge

98 pages

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About the Book

The purpose of this book is to present a spectrum of women's experiences with depression. The book is unique in presenting both qualitative and quantitative studies on various stages of women's experiences with depression including its psychological and social antecedents, its adverse consequences, and the impact of psychological and community interventions. Our aim has been to present some of the recurrent themes and vital links in this chain of experiences. One such common theme has to do with the importance of acquiring and maintaining control over the evaluation of self-worth by the individual. Stressful circumstances and negative social encounters may produce the greatest harm and consequent depression by depriving individuals' control over the processes involved in the evaluation of self-worth.

This book will be of interest to clinical psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, mental health practitioners and community service providers.

This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Women, Depression, and the Struggle for Control Over the Evaluation of Self-Worth (Peter Horvath)
  • Self-Silencing, Anger and Depressive Symptoms in Women: Implications for Prevention and Intervention (Josephine Tan and Brooke Carfagnini)
  • Motivational Orientation, Expectancies, and Vulnerability for Depression in Women (Peter Horvath, Glyn Bissix, John Sumarah, Erin Crouchman, and Jennifer Bowdrey)
  • Exploring Perceptions of Alcohol Use as Self-Medication for Depression Among Women Receiving Community-Based Treatment for Alcohol Problems (Catrina G. Brown and Sherry H. Stewart)
  • Depressive Symptoms, Gender, and Sexual Risk Behavior Among African-American Adolescents: Implications for Prevention and Intervention (Keisha Carr Paxton and W. LaVome Robinson)
  • The Needs of Depressed Women: Perspectives of Family Physicians (Janet M. Stoppard, Roanne Thomas-MacLean, Baukje Miedema, and Sue Tatemichi)
  • Community Service Providers’ Conceptualization of the Needs and Services of Depressed Rural Women (Mandy York and Peter Horvath)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

About the Author

Peter Horvath is Professor and Clinical Program Co-ordinator in the Department of Psychology, Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr Horvath is a Registered Psychologist in Nova Scotia and engages in part-time clinical practice. Currently, he is conducting research in various journals including Psychological Bulletin, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Canadian Psychology among others.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC028000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies