Social Relationships and Mental Health and Illness

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 6B P (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC49 Mental Health and Illness (host committee)

Language: English

Studies on the role of social relationships for the maintenance of mental health, the etiology of mental disorders but also for coping with and recovery from mental illness have been a field of fruitful co-operations between sociologists and psychiatrists since the early 20th century. Despite this long tradition of research the topic of social relationships and mental health has lost none of its relevance today. 
Recent developments in late-modern societies such as globalization, individualization, migration, demographic aging, and the digitalization of communication with its far-reaching consequences on social relationships can be also expected to affect mental health and the way societies and individuals cope with mental disorders in many ways. 
During the last decades theoretical and methodological concepts like social capital or social networks as well as new developments in the human sciences such as meta-genetics have opened new perspectives of interdisciplinary research and provided new insights into the processes by which social relationships affect mental health and illness.
In this session new research on the association between social relationships and mental health and illness should be presented. Theoretical contributions are also welcome as qualitative and quantitative empirical studies. The submission of interdisciplinary work would be particularly appreciated.
Session Organizer:
Reinhold KILIAN, University of Ulm, Germany
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Social Context
Francisca DUSSAILLANT, Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile; Eugenio GUZMAN, Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile
Association Between Social Capital and Depression
Johanna MUCKENHUBER, University of Graz, Austria; Karina FERNANDEZ, University of Graz, Austria
Social Networks and the Well-Being of Low and High Status Migrants
Dorottya HOOR, Central European University, Hungary
Social Capital As a Moderator Variable Between Neighborhood Characteristics, Perceived Environmental Safety and Mental Health
Reinhold KILIAN, University of Ulm, Germany; Ann-Christien PICCA, Ulm University, Department of Psychiatry II, Germany; Annabel MULLER-STIERLIN, Ulm University, Department of Psychiatry II, Germany; Carolin VON GOTTBERG, Ulm University, Department of Psychiatry II, Germany
Do Social Ties Protect Immigrants from Depressive Disorders?
Magdalena SZAFLARSKI, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA