Social Relationships and Mental Health and Illness

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
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 how 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 symposium 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, Ulm University, Germany
Oral Presentations
Family Structure and Chinese Elderly's Mental Health and Life Satisfaction: Does Social Support Matter?
Xupeng MAO, New York University, USA; Wen-Jui HAN, New York Univesity, USA
Eating Alone and Depressive Symptoms in Korea: Differential Effects According to Age
Hanso RYU, Chung-Ang University, South Korea; Min-Ah LEE, Chung-Ang University, Korea, Republic of (South)
Men and Distress: The Influence of Social Relationships on Coping and Management
Alexandra VICKERY, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Social Role Participation and Mental Health: Does Race/Ethnicity Matter?
Pamela JACKSON, Indiana University, USA; Christy ERVING, Co-author, USA
Social Relationships and the Mental Illness Experiences of Pregnant Nomadic Fulani Women in Southwestern Nigeria
Janet OGUNDAIRO, Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, Nigeria; Bibilola OLADEJI, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, Nigeria; Olufunke O. ADEGOKE, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Distributed Papers
Changing Relationships – Changing Life: The Role of Friendship during Recovery from Problematic Drug Use
Anette SKÅRNER, University of Gothenburg, department of social work, Sweden