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Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World
  • Dana C. Jack, Western Washington University
  • Alisha Ali
This international volume offers new perspectives on social and psychological aspects of the complex dynamic of depression. The twenty-one contributors from thirteen countries - Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Haiti, India, Israel, Nepal, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Scotland, and the United States - represent contexts with very different histories, political and economic structures, and gender role disparities. Authors rely on Silencing the Self theory, which details the negative psychological effects when individuals silence themselves in close relationships and the importance of the social context in precipitating depression. Specific patterns of thought about how to achieve closeness in relationships (self-silencing schema) are known to predict depression. This book breaks new ground by demonstrating that the linkage of depressive symptoms with self-silencing occurs across a range of cultures. We offer a new view of gender differences in depression situated in the formation and consequences of self-silencing, including differing motivational aims, norms of masculinity and femininity, and the broader social context of gender inequality
  • Women's depression,
  • Depression and gender
Publication Date
March, 2010
Dana C. Jack and Alisha Ali
Oxford University Press
Citation Information
Dana C. Jack and Alisha Ali. Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World. New York(2010)
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