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Conceptualizing women's identity and mental health through the epistemology of knowledge

The main focus this presentation is to question of the understandings of the etiology and key mechanisms that have a negative impact on a person, based on a negative gender stereotypes, which consequently affects his or her mental health. Understanding of female identity formation and the process of human understanding of mental illness, from antiquity to postmodern, will also be addressed in the context.

Mental disorders are becoming a growing burden of the developed western world. The incidence of mental disorders is on the highest rise among all diseases and with it, the economic burden posed by the loss of productivity. The rising costs of health and social care, is increasing due to mental illness. The emergence of specific problems in postmodern western society and the expression of distress of a person's mental health, depends on many factors, including gender within the social role, power and social status. Nowadays, man function on foundation of reality, as a consequence of cultural conditioning. Expectations and ideas about men and women, vary according to different environments, time and culture. The identity is shaped by processes in society, derived from philosophy and Christianity which changes along with cultural practices. As such, it is certainly linked to a dichotomous understanding of the world, which is derived from dualistic point of view. The impact of capitalism and patriarchal systems have a significant impact on formation of woman's identity, their social construct, mental health and expression of mental suffering. The risk factors for a development of a mental disorder are closely related to person's internal and external environment. Throughout history, people first interpreted mental illness with supernatural forces. With the emergence of philosophy people began rationally treat mental illness and sought answers in nature and matter. Consequently first records of mental state appears related to biological sex.

Nastja Baškovč
Alma Mater Europea ISH


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