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Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World

Dana C. Jack and Alisha Ali


This international volume offers new perspectives on social and psychological aspects of the complex dynamic of depression. The 21 contributors from 13 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 use 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 prec ... More

Keywords: depression, gender, self-silencing, international, women’s roles, social context, relationships, silencing the Self Scale, human rights violations

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195398090
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398090.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dana C. Jack, author
Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Washington University

Alisha Ali, author
Department of Applied Psychology, New York University

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I Setting the Stage: Social, Biomedical, and Ethical Issues in Understanding Women's Depression

II Self-Silencing and Depression Across Cultures

III The Health Effects of Self-Silencing