Chapter 8. The Social Epidemiology of Mental Disorder

  1. Craig Morgan and
  2. Dinesh Bhugra
  1. Ronald C. Kessler1,
  2. Philip S. Wang2 and
  3. Hans-Ulrich Wittchen3

Published Online: 28 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch8

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

How to Cite

Kessler, R. C., Wang, P. S. and Wittchen, H.-U. (2010) The Social Epidemiology of Mental Disorder, in Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition (eds C. Morgan and D. Bhugra), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch8

Editor Information

  1. NIH Biomedical Research Centre and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  2. 2

    Division of Services and Intervention Research, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

  3. 3

    Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry, München, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470697139

Online ISBN: 9780470684214



  • components of social world;
  • social epidemiology of mental disorder;
  • assessing mental disorders in epidemiological surveys;
  • prevalence of mental disorders - estimates reported in community epidemiological survey;
  • age-of-onset (AOO) distributions;
  • course of illness - less studied in epidemiological surveys than prevalence;
  • comorbidity - studies documenting separate internalizing and externalizing factors;
  • societal costs of mental disorders;
  • treatment of mental disorders


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Methods of Assessing Mental Disorders in Epidemiological Surveys

  • Prevalence of Mental Disorders

  • Age-of-Onset Distributions

  • Course of Illness

  • Comorbidity

  • The Societal Costs of Mental Disorders

  • Treatment of Mental Disorders

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements

  • References