New Dimensions of Women's Health

New Dimensions of Women's Health

by Linda Lewis Alexander, Judith H. LaRosa
     
 

This dynamic text comprehensively examines dimensions of Women's health. The 1990s have identified women's health as a critical new frontier in health education. This book takes neither a traditional nor feminist approach to women's health. It is a data driven, contemporary combination of both approaches with an emphasis on informed personal decision making. The book…  See more details below

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This dynamic text comprehensively examines dimensions of Women's health. The 1990s have identified women's health as a critical new frontier in health education. This book takes neither a traditional nor feminist approach to women's health. It is a data driven, contemporary combination of both approaches with an emphasis on informed personal decision making. The book offers a scientific review of women's health issues from epidemiological, historical, legal, social and clinical perspectives. The concept of "Consumerism" is stressed throughout the spectrum of women's health issues. Based on scientific data and clinical findings, this book is referenced with the most current information and data available. The text is ideal for courses focusing on women's studies in health education, nursing, allied health, and psychology. Special Features: clinically accurate assessment of the issues; sensitivity to, and discussion of, the full spectrum of factors that contribute to the issues (ethnic, psycho-social, political, legal, etc.); format helps structure students' analytical and personal decision making skills.

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Reviewer: Noel Chavez, PhD, RD, LDN (University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health)
Description: This book presents an overview of women's health from a personal decision-making perspective. It examines health issues across the life cycle, considering epidemiological, historical, psychosocial, cultural, legal/ethical, political, and economic issues for each.
Purpose: The focus is on presenting a comprehensive view of women's health and its issues within a framework of personal decision-making. Although disease entities are covered (i.e., cancer, heart disease), the overall emphasis is one of health promotion/disease prevention rather than one of pathology. Topics considered new to women's health, such as violence, abuse, and harassment, are also included.
Audience: The book is intended for students of women's studies, health education, nursing, and other related disciplines, and it is appropriate for advanced undergraduates or master's level students; it would also be a quick reference for health professionals. The book is structured for a one-semester course. The credits indicate that the authors are national leaders in women's health.
Features: Information boxes with key points and short individual women's quotes make reading easier and interesting. Graphs, charts, and figures are well drawn and labeled, and the photographs are appropriately used. Each chapter presents philosophical issues for discussion or reflection, references, and resources.
Assessment: This book provides a good overview of current, important issues in a readable yet comprehensive manner, and it would be informative for professionals in translating technical information for consumers. The personal decision-making focus used in the text reflects current health education thinking, which when used by college women could positively affect personal health practices.
Noel Chavez
This book presents an overview of women's health from a personal decision-making perspective. It examines health issues across the life cycle, considering epidemiological, historical, psychosocial, cultural, legal/ethical, political, and economic issues for each. The focus is on presenting a comprehensive view of women's health and its issues within a framework of personal decision-making. Although disease entities are covered (i.e., cancer, heart disease), the overall emphasis is one of health promotion/disease prevention rather than one of pathology. Topics considered new to women's health, such as violence, abuse, and harassment, are also included. The book is intended for students of women's studies, health education, nursing, and other related disciplines, and it is appropriate for advanced undergraduates or master's level students; it would also be a quick reference for health professionals. The book is structured for a one-semester course. The credits indicate that the authors are national leaders in women's health. Information boxes with key points and short individual women's quotes make reading easier and interesting. Graphs, charts, and figures are well drawn and labeled, and the photographs are appropriately used. Each chapter presents philosophical issues for discussion or reflection, references, and resources. This book provides a good overview of current, important issues in a readable yet comprehensive manner, and it would be informative for professionals in translating technical information for consumers. The personal decision-making focus used in the text reflects current health education thinking, which when used by college women could positively affect personal healthpractices.
Booknews
Overviews women's health from historical, epidemiological, sociocultural, and clinical perspectives. After an introductory section, sections cover lifestyle and social, personal and sexual, and lifespan dimensions of women's health. Learning features include discussion questions, boxes on taking responsibility for health, Internet exercises, and profiles of leaders in women's health. This second edition contains new chapters on occupational health, the developmental life span of women, and mental health. Three chapters on substance abuse are now combined into one chapter. Alexander is president and CEO of The American Social Health Association. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780867207774
Publisher:
Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC
Publication date:
03/01/1994
Series:
Health Science Ser.
Pages:
438

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