Appalachian Women’s Mental and Physical Health


The scope of this study is to cover those sources that reflect the cultural constructs that shape common ideas about health and gender in the Appalachias.

Introductory Text: 

Appalachian Mental Health . Susan Emley Keefe, ed. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. 252 pages. ASU APP COLL STACKS: RC451.4 .R87 A67 1988.

Clipping Files Subject Headings – W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection: 
  • Medical Care and Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Women

Appalachian Mental Health . Susan Emley Keefe, ed. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. 252 pages. ASU APP COLL STACKS: RC451.4 .R87 A67 1988.

Gunn, John C. Domestic Medicine, or, Poor Man’s Friend . Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press. 440 pages. ASU APP COLL STACKS: RC81 .G9 1986.

Historical and Geographical Influences on Psychopathology . Patricia Cohen, Cheryl Slomkowski, and Lee N. Robins, eds. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 392 pages. ASU APP COLL STACKS: RC455.2 .E64 H57 1999.

The Letters of a Victorian Madwoman . John S. Hughes, ed. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina. 260 pages. ASU APP COLL STACKS: RC464 .S5 A4 1993.

Werner, David. Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook . Palo Alto, CA: Hesperian Foundation, 1982, c1977. 403 pages. ASU APP COLL STACKS: RC81 .W4813.

Wilson, Judy. Mother Nature’s Homestead First Aid . Willits, CA: Oliver Press, 1975. 152 pages. ASU APP COLL STACKS: RC87 .W497.

Other books on Appalachian Health and Women’s Health are found in the “RC” call numbers. For non-traditional health systems and remedies, consult the “RDs.”

BARKER, ELIZABETH R. D. Being Whole: Spiritual Well-Being in Appalachian Women: A Phenomenological Study . Dissertation Abstracts International (DAI) 51, no. 02B: 0658. Thesis (Ph. D.)--The University of Texas at Austin, 1989.

Collins, Janet Martha. Functional Health, Social Support, and Morale of Older Women Living Alone in Appalachia . Thesis (D.S.N.)--University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1992. 146 leaves. ASU APP COLL MICROFILM: MicF 515.

Stephens, Carol Crane. Health Beliefs and Practices of Rural, Southern Appalachian Women from an Ethnographic Perspective . Thesis (D.S.N.)--University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Nursing, 1994. 150 leaves. ASU APP COLL MICROFILM: MicF 653.


Appalachian Bibliography, 1980 . Morgantown: West Virginia University Library. 2 vols. in one. ASU APP COLL STACKS: Z1251 .A7 A6 1980.

Bibliography of Southern Appalachia. Charlotte T. Ross, ed. Boone: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1976. ASU APP COLL OVERSIZE: Z1251 .A7 B5x.

Farr, Sidney Saylor. Appalachian Women: An Annotated Bibliography . Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1981. 187 pages. ASU APP COLL STACKS: Z7064 .A127 F37.

Mielke, David N. Women and the Appalachian Region: A Bibliography . Boone, NC: The Author. 11 leaves in various paging. ASU APP COLL STACKS Z1251 .A7 M48 1976.

Abstracts and Indices: 

MEDLINE/PubMed Bethesda, MD: National Library of Medicine. Covers 1985 to present. Provides access to articles and abstracts from more than 3,500 journals in the areas of clinical and experimental medicine, nutrition, dentistry, pathology,psychiatry, toxicology, and nursing.

PsycINFO (Online) . Norwood, MA: SilverPlatter International. 1996 to date, updated monthly. Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law.

Sociological Abstracts


MAW: A Magazine of Appalachia Women . Ashton, WV [etc.] Appalachian Women, Inc. 5 volumes, 1977-78. ASU APP COLL STACKS: F106 .M3.

Mountain Life & Work . Berea, KY: Berea College. v. 1 - 64, 1925 - 1988. ASU APP COLL STACKS: GR103 .M5.

Now and Then. Johnson City, TN: Center for Appalachian Studies and Services. Vol. 1, 1984 -- present. ASU APP COLL STACKS: F217.A65 N68.

Women & Health . Binghampton, NY: Haworth Medical Press. v. 1, 1976 to present. ASU PERIODICALS.

Women & Therapy . New York: The Haworth Press. v. 4, 1985 to present. ASU PERIODICALS.

Compiled by: 

Compiler: Kim Johnson McDade, Fall 1997