Special Issue "Women's Mental Health: A Framework for Its Assessment, Prevention, and Promotion in Health Care Settings"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Women's Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 October 2021.
Interests: clinical psychology; psychological assessment in medical setting; psychological assessment in eating disorders and bariatric surgery; mental pain and suicide risk; adolescent mental health; women's mental health; autistim spectrum disorder in adults; psychoanalysis and health care
In the last decade, the general consideration of women’s mental disorders has been limited to some attempts aimed at promoting mental health. However, it is important to consider subjective well-being factors connected with cultural, environmental and personality aspects.
According to the World Health Organization, psychological health is the capability of an individual to interact with others in ways that promote subjective well-being. Many factors, such as the roles assigned to women now, social and work context, and personality traits, can act as predisposing conditions in the etiology of psychopathological frame in particular affective disorders.
Furthermore, in the developmental life of a woman, important risk factors can be highlighted such as the postpartum period and pregnancy, where the vulnerability to psychological distress increases in women and couples. Another important risk factor for women is the experience of menopause; in fact, this condition is very complex, and psychological support is necessary for the management of this experience.
In other developmental conditions, such as adolescence, women are exposed to negative emotions, mental pain, or loneliness, and are at major risk of suicide behavior, altered eating habits, and the onset of eating and nutrition disorders.
The psychological assessment and prevention of women’s mental health brings attention to the female condition, which is currently affected by a greater attention to the quality of couple's life as well as important social educational aspects in the prevention and recognition of psychological and physical violence.
Wellbeing promotion in healthcare settings is needed to increase knowledge and promote positive attitudes towards women’s mental health, also in relation to the promotion of training and assistance courses based on gender medicine.
Women’s support frameworks can have an important role in the prevention of mental diseases, especially in relation to sub-threshold conditions that do not reach clinical observations. In addition, treatments need to be sensitive to and reflect gender differences.
Prof. Dr. Carmela Mento
Dr. Maria Catena Silvestri
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- women’s mental health
- affective disorders
- eating disorders
- intimate violence
- empower and personality
- gender medicine