Introduction: Culture, Self-Silencing, and Depression: A Contextual-Relational Perspective

Dana C. Jack, Alisha Ali

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Abstract

This chapter introduces the concept of this international book and the relevance of the self-silencing construct to understanding depression and related problems across cultures, contexts, and populations. The chapter summarizes silencing the self theory and situates the theory among other psychological theories of depression. The authors each describe the research that led them to become interested in the idea of this edited volume in which contributors from a range of different countries and settings explore self-silencing, and they provide a summary of the content of the book. The chapter also presents issues arising from research on self-silencing that raise questions for further investigation as well as ideas that relate self-silencing theory to broader constructs of "culture" and "self." The authors argue that examining how gender-specific norms and social inequality affect self-silencing within relationships and across cultures is necessary for a fuller understanding of depression and its treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSilencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World
Subtitle of host publicationDepression and gender in the social world
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
StatePublished - May 1 2010

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Keywords

  • Culture
  • Depression
  • Gender
  • Psychological theories
  • Self
  • Silencing the self scale
  • Silencing the self theory
  • Social inequality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Jack, D. C., & Ali, A. (2010). Introduction: Culture, Self-Silencing, and Depression: A Contextual-Relational Perspective. In Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World: Depression and gender in the social world New York: Oxford University Press.

Introduction : Culture, Self-Silencing, and Depression: A Contextual-Relational Perspective. / Jack, Dana C.; Ali, Alisha.

Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World: Depression and gender in the social world. New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Jack, DC & Ali, A 2010, Introduction: Culture, Self-Silencing, and Depression: A Contextual-Relational Perspective. in Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World: Depression and gender in the social world. Oxford University Press, New York.
Jack DC, Ali A. Introduction: Culture, Self-Silencing, and Depression: A Contextual-Relational Perspective. In Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World: Depression and gender in the social world. New York: Oxford University Press. 2010
Jack, Dana C. ; Ali, Alisha. / Introduction : Culture, Self-Silencing, and Depression: A Contextual-Relational Perspective. Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World: Depression and gender in the social world. New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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