Concerned with the interface of individuals and society, social psychological research is ideally positioned to foster cross-disciplinary research on a wide array of mental health problems. Illustrating the reciprocal relationship between the two, this volume shows how basic research in social psychology can help elucidate mental health problems and, conversely, how mental health problems stimulate further development of basic theory.
Authored by leading researchers who represent the various subdisciplines of social psychology, chapters address the current issues and major processes in each subdiscipline, and how they can best contribute to mental health application. An outgrowth of a series of NIMH-sponsored workshops, the volume is unusually cohesive: Each chapter represents a considerable exchange of thought and each contributor is aware of the issues and arguments covered by other chapter authors.
Following an introductory overview, the book examines such topics as the implications of research on social development for mental health, the social psychological foundations of stress and coping, the connection between external socialization and adaptive individuation, and the mental health consequences of race. Chapters also discuss what research reveals about the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, the influence of social factors on cognition, and the operation of attitudes, expectations, prejudice, and stigma. The mental health implications of attitude and consistency theories are discussed, as are challenges to self-definition.
THE SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF MENTAL HEALTH is invaluable reading for both students and investigators in social psychology, sociology, and clinical psychology. In providing a contextual lens with which to observe mental health problems and envision future contributions from this field, the book will be of interest to all mental health clinicians and researchers, regardless of discipline.
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1. Introduction, Ruble, Costanzo, & Oliveri.
2. Social Psychological Foundations of Stress and Coping Research, Gore.
3. External Socialization and the Development of Adaptive Individuation and Social Connection, Costanzo.
4. The Implications of Research on Social Development for Mental Health, Ruble & Thompson.
5. Small Groups and Mental Health, Levine & Moreland.
6. Research on Relationships, Clark & Bennett.
7. Understanding the Mental Health Consequences of Race, Jones.
8. Social Cognition as a Social Science, Higgins.
9. Attitudes and Consistency Theories, Cooper & Aronson.
10. Focusing on the Self, Deaux.
11. The Principles of Multiple, Nonadditive, and Reciprocal Determinism, Cacioppo & Berntson.
"This superb collection of papers provides a much-needed and valuable analysis of the mental health implications of contemporary social psychology. Drawing their lead from both classic and cutting-edge research, the authors demonstrate the unique benefits of social-psychological research for understanding, treating, and maintaining mental health. The great strength of this volume is its ability to draw strong, creative, and thought-provoking connections between the findings of basic social-psychological research and the mental health problems that practitioners face....The book makes stimulating reading for practitioners who want to ground their work in the best available knowledge, and for researchers eager to see the applied fruits of their labor." --Harry T. Reis, Ph.D., University of Rochester
"This significant volume erects a much-needed bridge between social psychological research and fundamental problems in mental health. It is an eminently timely endeavor both because a wealth of highly relevant knowledge now exists, and because, more forcefully than ever, such problems clamor today for society's immediate attention. A landmark volume to be sure, and hopefully a trend setting achievement, this work betokens the immense potential of social psychology as an intellectual reservoir for addressing the plethora of human problems in the contemporary world." --Arie W. Kruglanski, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park
"This edited volume impressively illustrates the value of basic social psychological theory and research and, in particular, its unquestionable relevance to the understanding of mental health issues. The book is an extraordinary effort that convincingly documents the prior and potential contributions of the unique level of analysis pursued in social psychological theory and research. Superb!" --Russell H. Fazio, Ph.D., Indiana University,
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Descripción Guilford Press, New York., 1992. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 8vo, hardcover. NEW in dust jacket. Bright, crisp & clean, unread; dj glossy. xiii, 365 p., illus. Based on a series of workshops organized by the National Institute of Mental Health 1987-1990. Nº de ref. de la librería 1030623.34