Behavioral Medicine and Women: A Comprehensive Handbook


Documenting significant recent advances in understanding women's psychosocial and physical health, this comprehensive resource covers both prevention and intervention and provides cutting-edge information on the links between behavior and disease. With contributions from over 150 leading experts, the book addresses a wide range of topics on women's health across the lifespan, including physiological and mental conditions, substance abuse, sexuality and reproduction, body image, and cultural issues and concerns. ...
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Documenting significant recent advances in understanding women's psychosocial and physical health, this comprehensive resource covers both prevention and intervention and provides cutting-edge information on the links between behavior and disease. With contributions from over 150 leading experts, the book addresses a wide range of topics on women's health across the lifespan, including physiological and mental conditions, substance abuse, sexuality and reproduction, body image, and cultural issues and concerns. Succinct, accessible chapters with annotated references enable readers to find desired information quickly and easily.

Appropriate for: Psychiatrists, Psychologists.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This is a magnificent resource manual...140 chapters with detailed introductions to topics, easy-to-use annotated references written by leading experts in diverse fields, all contributing to building an up-to-date knowledge base in the exciting area of women's health." --Mary Roth Walsh, PhD, Editor of Women, Men and Gender

"The enormous popular interest in the content areas covered by this handbook is reflected in the number of paperbacks devoted to many of these topics. Some of these are of dubious quality, departing from the scientific findings underpinning the field. Hence there is much misinformation in the public domain--misinformation that affects patients' attitudes toward their treatment. This handbook offers an excellent corrective to this situation, allowing clinicians treating women to obtain authoritative information quickly on topics with which they may have only a passing familiarity, and allowing them to convey such information to their patients in a balanced manner. This should result in better care for that half of humanity to whose care this book is addressed." --from the Foreword by W. Stewart Agras, MD, School of Medicine, Stanford University

"Over 150 of the very best-known people in women's health and medicine cover an exhaustive compendium of topics....Perhaps, most importantly, the present volume brings new information about social and behavioral coping processes that are a major part of women's lives in regard to health, prevention, illness, and health care utilization. As new areas of interests emerge, scientists and clinicians depend heavily on an encyclopedic knowledge base that encompasses both theoretical understandings and practical applications. Usually such information is not available. Blechman and Brownell have done us all a service by incorporating women's health needs and treatments within a comprehensive behavioral model that covers the important aspects of individual well-being and public health across both psychological and physical disorders." --from the Foreword by Bonnie R. Strickland, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Psychosomatic Medicine

"Provides an excellent overview of the interface between behavioral medicine and women's health. The strengths include the breadth of information covered, the clarity of writing, and the helpful introductory chapters at the start of each section."--Psychosomatic Medicine
Perceptual and Motor Skills

"This volume is an excellent source which clinicians and citizens alike may well consult for information on a wide array of issues."--Perceptual and Motor Skills
Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter

"An authoritative compendium....Very useful."--Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Geri R. Donenberg, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: The second edition of this comprehensive handbook includes 141 chapters divided into nine sections focused on health issues specific to women. This encyclopedic reference offers brief abstracts of critical information on diverse topics that cross multiple disciplines and literatures (e.g., psychology, medicine, public health, nursing). The book reviews both traditional and alternative (e.g., acupuncture) treatment approaches, and it covers "older" diseases like arthritis, and new ones like AIDS.
Purpose: The editors state that their goal is to provide a rational integration of what is known about women's health in an easy-to-read format. The text is designed to introduce readers to the most salient issues concerning women's health and to improve the quality of women's healthcare. These objectives are important and the authors accomplish their goals.
Audience: The book is written for consumers, practitioners, scientists, and students and crosses multiple disciplines. It may appeal most to newcomers who require basic and current information about a topic. Professionals and consumers will find the practical suggestions for promoting healthy behavior and treating health problems useful. Contributors are widely recognized science-based experts in their fields and represent multiple disciplines and diverse perspectives.
Features: Chapters are brief (approximately five pages) and some include tables and figures. Each chapter offers a suggested reading list of recent seminal papers and there is a description of each reference. An extensive subject and author index is provided.
Assessment: This book is timely and important; study of behavioral medicine in general, and women's health in particular, has grown in popularity. This authoritative resource covers psychological and physical disorders and offers an exhaustive compendium of topics. Chapters are written by the most well-known people in women's health and medicine and are easy to read, well-written, and informative. It is likely to be a useful reference for many years to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572305229
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/12/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 876
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 1.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine A. Blechman, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder

Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, Department of Psychology, Yale University

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Table of Contents

Foreward, Agras and Strickland
I. Life Course Perspectives
1. Section Editors' Overview, Brooks-Gunn and Graber
2. Brain and Behavior Development, Woods and Rosenstein
3. Infancy, Thoman
4. Maternal Cocaine Use and Fetal Development, Field
5. Maternal Alcohol Use and Fetal Development, Olson
6. Childhood: Gender Role Development, Szkrybalo and Ruble
7. Adolescence, Petersen
8. Puberty, Graber and Brooks-Gunn
9. Adolescent Sexuality, Millstein and Halpern-Felsher
10. Teenage and Adolescent Pregnancy, Hardy
11. Parenting, Helstrom and Blechman
12. Parenting of Adults with Mental Retardation, Seltzer
13. Midlife, Thomas
14. Aging, Moen
II. Stress and Coping
15. Section Editor Overview, Blechman
16. Attachment, Beach
17. Marital Quality, Fincham
18. Marital Conflict, O'Leary
19. Social Support, Wills
20. Personality, Eysenck
21. Type A Behavior Pattern, Basso
22. Hostility, Smith
23. Achievement, Gustafson
24. Optimism, Carver
25. Hardiness, Maddi
26. Resilience, Wright
27. Multiple Roles, Repetti
28. Life Events, Sweeting
29. Social Comparison, Aspinwall
30. Positive Mental Health, Ryff
III. Prevention
31. Section Editor Overview, King
32. HIV Prevention, Sikkema
33. HIV Prevention among Homeless Women, Mantell and Susser
34. Breast Cancer Screening: Improving Adherence, Mayer
35. Breast Cancer Screening: When to Begin?, Kaplan
36. Osteoporosis Prevention, Nelson
37. Smoking Prevention, Killen
38. Preventing Alcohol Problems, Tucker
39. Nutrition: Diet and Disease, Brunner and St. Jeor
40. Nutrition: Guidelines, Attitudes, and Behaviors, Brunner and St. Jeor
41. Nutrition Education, Glanz
42. Oral Health, Osborne
43. Exercise, Dubbert
44. Exercise for Adolescents, Douthitt
45. Relaxation, Gregerson
IV. Health Care Paradigms, Policies, and Settings
46. Section Editor Overview, Gilchrist
47. Health Care Policy, Edmunds
48. Accountability, Levy
49. Medical Curricula and Training, Wallis
50. Substance Abuse and Health Care, Wallen
51. School-Based Clinics, Balassone
52. Worksite Nicotine Treatment, Maheu
53. The Military and Health, Pierce
54. Prenatal Care Access, Brown
55. Self-Administered Interventions, Black and Scott
56. Alternative Medicine, Cornman
V. Body Image and Substance Use
57. Section Editor Overview, Brownell
58. Anorexia Nervosa, Sokol and Gray
59. Bulimia Nervosa, Heffernan
60. Stress and Coping in Eating Disorders, Troop
61. Dieting, Exercise, and Body Weight, Polivy and McFarlane
62. Social Physique Anxiety, Eklund
63. Negative Body Image, Rosen
64. The Emergence of Negative Body Images, Cash
65. Breast Implants, Pruzinsky
66. Obesity, Wing
67. Alcoholism, Rohsenow
68. Alcohol Metabolism, Baraona
69. Drug Abuse., McCaul
70. Drug Abuse Treatment, Hall
71. Cigarette Smoking, Husten
VI. Sexuality and Reproduction
72. Section Editor Overview, Williams
73. Sexual Functioning, Morokoff
74. Reproductive Endocrinology, Warren and Solidum
75. Premenstrual Disorders, McFarlane
76. Gynecological Pain, Wilkie and Schmidt
77. Sexual Abuse, Laws
78. Pregnancy and Childbirth, Dunkel-Schetter and Lobel
79. Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities, Rogers
80. Postpartum Depression, Gotlib
81. Breastfeeding, Lawrence
82. The Lactational Amenorrhea Method, Labbok
83. Contraception, Ballagh
84. Abortion, Adler and Smith
85. Reproductive Technologies, Giudice
86. Menopause, O'Hanlan
87. Sexuality and Aging, Zeiss
VII. Physiological Disorders with Behavioral and Psychosocial Components 88. Section Editors' Overview, Meyerowitz and Weidner
89. Alzheimer's Disease: A General View, Haley
90. Alzheimer's Disease: Impact on Women, Siegler
91. Arthritis: Behavioral and Psychosocial Aspects, Zautra
92. Arthritis: Medical Aspects, Roth
93. Arthritis and Osteoporosis, Wisocki
94. Asthma, Schmaling
95. Breast Cancer: Biobehavioral Aspects, Andersen
96. Breast Cancer: Psychosocial Aspects, Rowland
97. Cancer: Behavioral and Psychosocial Aspects, Stanton
98. Cancer: Medical Aspects, Ganz
99. Cardiovascular Disorders, Jenkins
100. Coronary Heart Disease, Stoney
101. Diabetes: Biopsychosocial Aspects, Ruggiero
102. Diabetes: Medical Aspects, Rosett
103. The Endocrine System and Endocrine Disorders, Norris
104. Gastrointestinal Physiology, Whitehead
105. Gastrointestinal Syndromes and Disorders, Whitehead
106. Headache, Blanchard
107. HIV Infection, Richardson
108. Hormonal Influences on Epileptic Seizures, Newsom
109. Hypertension, Wassertheil-Smoller
110. The Immune System, Claman
111. Immunity and Behavior, Laudenslager
112. Lupus, Newell and Coeshott
113. Multiple Sclerosis, Foley
114. Pain, Bodnar
115. Raynaud's Disease, Freedman
116. Respiratory Disorders, Hermanoff
117. Syndrome X, Sholinsky
VIII. Linkages between Behavioral, Psychosocial, and Physical Disorders 118. Section Editor Overview, Melamed
119. Anxiety Disorders, Bach, Weisberg, and Barlow
120. Panic Disorder, Sanderson
121. Rape and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Foa
122. Bipolar Disorders, Miklowitz
123. Depression, McLean and Woody
124. Depression and Comorbid Disorders, Craighead and Vajk
125. Depression and Acupuncture, Allen and Schnyer
126. Borderline Personality Disorder, Wagner
127. Schizophrenia, Lewine
128. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Melamed
129. Chronic Pain, LeResche
130. Sleep and Sleep Disorders, Woodward
131. Psychoneuroimmunology, Bower
132. Stress-Related Disorders, Pickering
IX. Gender, Culture, and Health
133. Section Editors' Overview, Helstrom and Blechman
134. Culture and Women's Health, Westkott
135. African American Women's Health, McNair
136. Asian American Women's Health, Helstrom, Coffey, and Jorgannathan 137. Hispanic Women and Health Care, Woodward
138. Native American Women and Health Care, Baines
139. Lesbian Health, Perry and O'Hanlan
140. Physician Gender and Physician-Patient Interaction, Bertakis
141. What We Know about Women's Health, Blechman, Brownell, and Helstrom
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