ERIC Number: EJ914813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
Depression, Disability, and Rehabilitation Services for Women
Cook, Judith A.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v27 n2 p121-129 Jun 2003
The purpose of this paper is to review scientific evidence for the co-occurrence of major depressive illness and disability, and to examine this phenomenon specifically for women in the United States today. Following a discussion of different ways of operationalizing the concept of disability, the analysis addresses gender biases in disability measurement as well as in recent research on depression and functional impairment. Next, the results of research regarding co-occurrence of disability and depression are reviewed, highlighting those studies focused specifically on women. Turning to research on rehabilitation services for those with psychiatric disabilities, studies suggest that service delivery models fail to address needs specific to women with mental illness in general, as well as those women experiencing severe depression. Thus, the analysis concludes with a series of suggestions and future directions for investigators seeking to better understand the linkages between depression, disability, and rehabilitation services for women.
Descriptors: Females, Mental Disorders, Depression (Psychology), Disabilities, Gender Bias, Measurement, Scientific Research, Therapy, Rehabilitation, Futures (of Society), Counseling Services
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