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- DescriptionAfrican American women have commonly been portrayed as pillars of their communities-resilient mothers, sisters, wives, and grandmothers who remain steadfast in the face of all adversities. While these portrayals imply that African American women have few psychological problems, the scientific literature and demographic data present a different picture. They reveal that African American women are at increased risk for psychological distress because of factors that disproportionately affect them, including lower incomes, greater poverty and unemployment, unmarried motherhood, racism, and poor physical health. Yet at the same time, rates of mental illness are low. This invaluable book is the first comprehensive examination of the contradictions between the strengths and vulnerabilities of this population. Using the contexts of race, gender, and social class, In and Out of Our Right Minds challenges the traditional tions of mental health and mental illness as they apply to African American women.
- Author BiographyDiane R. Brown is executive director of the Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Verna M. Keith is chair and associate professor of sociology at Arizona State University.
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication10/09/2003
- SubjectPsychiatry & Clinical Psychology: Professional
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Content Note2 illus.
- Weight544 g
- Width157 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Edited byDiane Brown,Verna M. Keith
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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