Chapter 3. Globalization and Mental Health

  1. Norman Sartorius2,
  2. Wolfgang Gaebel3,
  3. Juan José López-Ibor4 and
  4. Mario Maj5
  1. Glyn Lewis and
  2. Ricardo Araya

Published Online: 29 APR 2002

DOI: 10.1002/0470846488.ch3

Psychiatry in Society

Psychiatry in Society

How to Cite

Lewis, G. and Araya, R. (2002) Globalization and Mental Health, in Psychiatry in Society (eds N. Sartorius, W. Gaebel, J. J. López-Ibor and M. Maj), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470846488.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

  2. 3

    University of Düsseldorf, Germany

  3. 4

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    University of Naples, Italy

Author Information

  1. Division of Psychological Medicine, Monmouth House, University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 APR 2002
  2. Published Print: 30 APR 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471496823

Online ISBN: 9780470846483



  • mental health;
  • inequalities;
  • gender;
  • socioeconomic circumstances;
  • poverty;
  • developing countries


Globalization is a controversial term that has been applied to economic, communication and cultural domains. It describes the increasing erosion of barriers between countries of the world and the increasing domination of a free market economic model. It is likely that globalization will have increasing influence on many aspects of our society over the coming years. Though there is no direct research on the effects of globalization on mental health, the chapter discusses the possible impact these changes will have on socioeconomic and gender differences within and between countries. Research on socioeconomic and gender differences in the prevalence of the common mental disorders of depression and anxiety is reviewed. Future investigation will need to study the differences between countries as well as within.