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Human Rights and Women’s Mental Health 

Human Rights and Women’s Mental Health
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Human Rights and Women’s Mental Health
Author(s):

Beverley Raphael

, Carol Nadelson

, Melanie Taylor

, and Jennifer Jacobs

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199213962.003.0027
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date: 17 October 2019

In the light of the relevant conventions and legislation, Beverley Raphael and colleagues survey the impact of rights violations and failure of rights instruments on the mental health of women in general and that of women with mental disorders and their carers in particular. Violence and abuse, health and sexuality, roles, ethnicity, indigenous status, and the situations and needs of female children are considered. The preponderance and antecedents of post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and eating disorders among women, women’s particular vulnerabilities if suffering from schizophrenia and other psychoses, the challenges of substance abuse problems and co-morbidities, and the problems of misdiagnosis, stigma, and resultant lost opportunities for prevention and treatment, are all crucially related to rights. The authors raise broad questions about how to educate and effect broad cultural change for women.

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