Importance of Social Context in Treating Psychological Problems Term Paper

Importance of Social Context in Treating Psychological Problems
A discussion on how gender, sexuality and ethnicity impact one's mental health and the delivery of healthcare.
# 153673 | 2,683 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | KE
Published on Aug 30, 2013 in Psychology (Disorders) , Sociology (General)

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This paper explores how gender, race or ethnicity and sexual orientation affect the diagnosis and treatment of various mental disorders. The paper looks at research on the brains of both homosexual and heterosexual individuals, explores how gender impacts the delivery of mental healthcare and also examines the access of mental healthcare to individuals of various races. The paper shows how by understanding the social contexts behind mental disorders, mental health practitioners will reduce the possibility of misdiagnosis and will better serve all sectors of the population.

Sexual Orientation
Race and Ethnicity

From the Paper:

"Another determinant of the mental health of individual is gender. By understanding the relation between gender and mental health, one is able to understand fully and know how to treat mental health. When psychological issues are approached based on gender, it means that one is supposed to distinguish both biological and social factors in efforts to understand the interaction. This should also be done to ensure sensitivity as far as gender and mental health are concerned.
"By consideration of gender in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, one is able to determine the various approaches in terms of mental healthcare. Difference in gender exists even in places where gradient in social and economic factors are not strong. Men who have never been married or those that have been divorced or separated are the most admitted to mental health facilities than women who have had the same marital experience. Contrary to this, married women are the most admitted to mental health facilities as compared to married men. Just like sexuality and ethnicity, gender associates with other social stratifies in affecting the mental lives of various individuals (Simonds and Whiffen 2003)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Davison, G. C. 1976. Homosexuality: The ethical challenge. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 44, 157-162
  • Simonds V, M., Whiffen V, E.2003. Are gender differences in depression explained by gender differences in co-morbid anxiety? J Affect Disord 77:197-202.
  • U.S. Census Bureau. 2001. Facts on Black/ African American population. (Minority Links). (Online). Available at<>. (Accessed 6 March 2013).
  • U.S. department of health and human services. 2001. Mental health: Culture, race, and ethnicity--A supplement to mental health: A report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General.
  • World Health Organization. 2006. Gender and women's mental health. (Online) Available at :< http// > (Accessed 6 March 2013).

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