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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan Caruso Klock, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This edited book contains 11 chapters on topics related to reproductive potential and fertility control. Each chapter provides an up-to-date synthesis of research findings from a biopsychosocial model. The topics include gender identity, puberty, menstruation, menopause, routine gynecologic procedures, andrology, family planning, contraceptive use, elective abortion, sexual behavior and HIV, and female sexuality.
Purpose: The purpose is to inform the reader about the psychological, biological, and social factors that influence reproductive psychology. The authors move beyond the traditional medical model and hypothesis testing approaches to include qualitative research and feminist theoretical perspectives. The authors succeed in presenting the information in a well-integrated and easy-to-read style.
Audience: The authors state that the intended audience is psychology undergraduates and nursing and midwifery students. The book would also be an ideal reference source for health psychology graduate students and clinicians in obstetrics and gynecology and other women's healthcare settings. The contributors are all from the United Kingdom, but they have thoroughly reviewed the international literature.
Features: The chapters provide relevant illustrations that complement the text. In addition, there are complete reference lists as well as suggestions for further reading. Particularly helpful for clinicians is the application section at the end of each chapter. This section highlights the clinical application of the material presented in the chapter. There is only a subject index; no author index is provided.
Assessment: This is a useful, up-to-date, and often thought-provoking book providing a thorough discussion of topics in reproductive psychology.