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Social Origins of Depression: Study of Psychiatric Disorder in Women

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George W. Brown and Tirril Harris (1990) Social Origins of Depression: Study of Psychiatric Disorder in Women. Routledge.

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Brief summary of book The book was largely based on two surveys of women in Camberwell in London and explores class differences in levels of depression - depression, is more common amongst those from the lower social classes. Using the semi-structured interview schedule as a measure of the stressfulness of events, the research provided clear evidence that the observed class differences could be accounted for in terms of two sets of factors: the life events experienced in the previous year, and a set of four 'vulnerability' factors: the absence of a confiding relationship, having three or more children under 14 to look after, not having paid work outside the home, and the loss of one's mother before the age of 11.


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