This one-of-a-kind book presents evidence-based coverage of the assessment and treatment of the most common mental health disorders among women, particularly low-income women. For each disorder—depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma (including sexual abuse), generalized anxiety disorder, substance use disorder, and borderline personality disorder—the authors include assessment instruments and detailed case examples that illustrate the assessment and treatment recommendations.



Social workers are challenged to meet the mental health needs of women at a time when women are taking on increased responsibilities in both the home and workplace. In accepting this challenge, social workers must provide women, especially low-income women, with the most effective practice possible. Given that effective practice relies on knowing which psychosocial interventions have been proven to work, social workers require knowledge about which interventions bring about the most positive, measurable changes in the lives of low-income women, regardless of etiology. Those insights have particular policy, practice, and research implications for those concerned about the well-being of all women, particularly when one considers that women are the primary consumers of mental health services.

Explaining Women's Poverty

One definition of poverty suggests simply that ...

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