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Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives offers a comprehensive introduction to the history and theory of narrative therapy. Influenced by feminist, postmodern, and critical theory, this edited volume illustrates how we make sense of our lives and experiences by ascribing meaning through stories that arise within social conversations and culturally available discourses.

Re-Storying Women's Depression: A Material-Discursive Approach
Re-storying women's depression: A material-discursive approach
Michelle N.Lafrance and Janet M.Stoppard

Depression is one of the most common mental health problems in North America and also one that is particularly prevalent among women (Culbertson, 1997; Lecrubier 1998; McGrath, Keita, Strickland, & Russo, 1990). North American and international studies have found that depressed women outnumber depressed men at a fairly consistent rate of approximately 2 to 1, with prevalence rates of depression for women ranging as high as 25% (American Psychiatric Association, 2000; Cabral & Astbury, 2000). These findings suggest that gender-related influences need to be considered in any attempt to understand depression in women.

Currently, there are two culturally available ways of understanding depression. In the first, depression is viewed as a ...

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