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SOC363: Mental Health and Mental Disorder Fall2016
Lecture 1: Introduction
**Will be tested on both lecture material and readings**
Social Inequality and Emotional Inequality
Social inequality includes statuses and roles with structured differences in access
to resources and opportunities:
Including: social class, race, gender, age, marital status, nativity, also
intersections ie combinations of the aforementioned characteristics
Emotional inequality is a persistent difference in the population in the experience of
both negative and positive emotions and expressive behaviour including:
-depression, anxiety, panic, anger, substance use and abuse, well-being,
happiness
Mental Health as a Social Mirror
-a subjective marker that reflects the meaning of social environments as
experienced by individuals exposed to those environments
Mental Health is a good indicator of the emotional status of individuals in
environments
-Looking at mental health as a signal of where mental illness comes from ie.
origin
-Environments (school, home etc) can lead to benign or disruptive influence
Mental health is everyone’s ultimate dependent variable
Mental Health as the Ultimate Dependent Variable
Why are people concerned and interested in studying mental health? People are
interested in the emotional well being of the individuals
-the things that are presumed to be mental health and the things that are
explicitly used for mental health measurement are connected
-Data with reference to mental health in various populations in diverse situations
are now being brought forward
Four Stages of Course: Stage 1
Defining and Measuring Mental Health
-Contrast the concepts of mental disorder and mental health
-Understand the logic between sociologists that recognize mental illness as a
distinct entity or if it lies at the extreme end of a continuum
-Incorporate the DSM (Diagnostic and statistical Manual)
-Review Distress and Depression scales and what they mean
-Why is this important?
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Four Stages of Course: Stage 2
Patterns among gender, social class, marital status, ethnicity, age
What happens to mental health? Benefit or disruption?
Gender will be considered as well as marital status
- Is there a different pattern associated to same sex or heterosexual
marriages?
Race, Ethnicity and Immigration- how does this play into mental health in both US
and Canada? Stress?
Is Social Inequality involved with stress?
Four Stages of Course: Stage 3
Explanations
Stress Process Model: an general framework for the entire area linking sources of
inequality to stress to the distribution of resources to mental health outcomes
Types of Stressors: life events, chronic, daily hassles, traumas, contextual
Coping Resources (Mechanisms)- social support, perceptions of control, self-esteem,
flexibility, trust, useful illusions
How do they combine together?
Four Stages of Course: Stage 4
Special Topics
Life consequences- education, work, marriage; the study of social selection
Social contexts- neighbourhoods, schools, communities
Social Media- the growing debate about the mental health consequences of using it
Macro-events (mass violence and disaster) ie: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the
Newtown school shootings
Key Questions to keep in mind
How do they matter?
Who is affected?
What is the mechanism of how they are affected alongside with their mental health?
What is the causal model which leads to mental health declination in individuals
*You will be evaluated on your awareness of what’s going on in the course
Have a broad approach to the readings and the lectures
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**will be tested on both lecture material and readings** Social inequality includes statuses and roles with structured differences in access to resources and opportunities: Including: social class, race, gender, age, marital status, nativity, also intersections ie combinations of the aforementioned characteristics. Emotional inequality is a persistent difference in the population in the experience of both negative and positive emotions and expressive behaviour including: Depression, anxiety, panic, anger, substance use and abuse, well-being, happiness. A subjective marker that reflects the meaning of social environments as experienced by individuals exposed to those environments. Mental health is a good indicator of the emotional status of individuals in environments. Looking at mental health as a signal of where mental illness comes from ie. origin. Environments (school, home etc) can lead to benign or disruptive influence. People are interested in the emotional well being of the individuals.

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