Social inequalities are established features of the distribution of physical disease in the UK and many other developed countries. In most physical diseases, a clear trend of poorer health is evident with each step down the hierarchy of social position.
By contrast, the nature of the links between social position and mental illness in the general population has appeared less clear. This lack of clarity is problematic, as mental disorders are major causes of disability, especially in adults of working age.
Social Inequalities and the Distribution of the Common Mental Disorders presents in-depth and up-to-date research, looking at the links between social position, ethnicity and mental health. Its findings will have implications for mental health professionals and policy makers.
'This dense study is a key resource for anyone concerned about the inequalities agenda that makes a strong case for looking beyond geography and social class to more sensitive and meaningful indicators of relative deprivation.' - Lynne Friedli, Mental Health Magazine, July/August 2004
A Systematic Literature Review Section. Quantifying Associations Between Social Position and the Common Mental Disorders in Britain Section. Ethnicity and Common Mental Disorders Section. Bullet Points and Executive Summary.
Henry Maudsley, founder of the Maudsley Hospital, was the most prominent English psychiatrist of his generation.
The Maudsley Hospital was united with the Bethlem Royal Hospital in 1948 and its medical school renamed the Institute of Psychiatry. It is now entrusted with the duty of advancing psychiatry by teaching and research. The South London and Maudsley (SLAM) NHS Trust, together with the Institute of Psychiatry, are jointly known as The Maudsley.
The monograph series reports work carried out at The Maudsley. Some of the monographs are directly concerned with clinical problems; others, less obviously relevant, are in scientific fields that are cultivated for the furtherance of psychiatry.