Women, ethnicity, and mental health

Mervat Nasser

in Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health

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ISBN: 9780199214365
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640454 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Women, ethnicity, and mental health

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This chapter attempts to explore the complex relationship between gender, culture, and individual psychopathology. Women are generally considered to be more at risk of developing certain disorders such as depression, eating disorders, and deliberate self-harm. These psychopathologies appear to be connected to women’s sense of identity and the perception of their gender roles, and therefore are likely to occur during times of change when gender roles are questioned and socially revised. The conflict over identity or self-definition produces ‘gender ambivalence’ and explains why women of all colours, cultures, and ethnicities seem to be under the same pressures and have similar predispositions to such disorders at times of social change and cultural transition, and may even be seen as means of negotiating the complex nature of the modernizing global environment.

Chapter.  4603 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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