Classical sociological theory, evolutionary psychology, and mental health

Allan V. Horwitz

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Stressful life events and chronic stressors are typically the proximate sources of psychological distress (Avison & Turner, 1988; Brown, 2002; Dohrenwend, 2000; Turner, 2003). Yet, these stressors, as well as the coping resources that people use to deal with them, are themselves often the consequences of social locations that reflect broader patterns of social organization. One central goal of the sociology of mental health is to show how psychological well-being and distress result from such basic social arrangements and large-scale structural processes (Pearlin, 1989; Aneshensel, 1992). Few studies, however, illustrate how more proximate causes of distress and the demographic characteristics that produce variation in them are instances of more general dimensions of social life (Link & Phelan, 1995).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMental Health, Social Mirror
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)038736319X, 9780387363196
StatePublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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