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.

Toward Effective Practice with Low-Income Women

Toward effective practice with low-income women

In this book, we have examined the mental disorders most prevalent among low-income women. In this process, we learned that considerable evidence is emerging that suggests that particular biochemical processes and genetic factors contribute in unique and significant ways to the disorders, though violence is an external stressor that exacerbates those predispositions. We also learned that the use of age-appropriate, ethnically sensitive, valid, and reliable screening measures can increase the likelihood that low-income women will be screened as early as possible in the lifespan. Last, we found that CBT and its variations are the most effective interventions to use in addressing the mental health disorders most prevalent among low-income women. Unfortunately, there is a ...

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