Readings in the Psychology of Women : Dimensions of the Female Experience / Edition 1

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Contrary to popular opinion, "women's issues" are not exclusively for and about women, but rather, about issues that affect every individual in society. The questions raised by feminists and researchers in this fascinating anthology engage all readers in a quest for understanding how the female experience influences social, cultural, economic, and historical trends. The authors ask readers to consider: How are men and women socialized into roles of masculinity and femininity? Is it possible to raise gender-aschematic children in a gender-schematic society? How is sexual initiation different for girls than it is for boys? Are boys better than girls at math? How have working parents created a revolution on the domestic front? Is sexual identity fixed or fluid? How do gender issues play a role in the diagnosis of mental disorder? Combining both new articles and reprints, this reader compiles the rich material that makes the study of the psychology of women exciting. To promote understanding of the complexity of the female experience, the authors include a variety of approaches to the psychology of women. The readings are divided into to ten main topic headings, such as Power and Ideology, Academic and Career Advancement, Intimate Relationships, Caregiving, Women's Health, Violence against Women, and Aging -- each with an emphasis on women of diverse backgrounds. To put these readings in context, the authors include an analysis of social, cultural, and historical influences on individual psychology, and have brought to the foreground women whose lives have been historically underrepresented in the field of psychology. Psychologists, feminists, and anyone interested in issues ofgender identity and the psychology of women.
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Compiles a variety of approaches, among them scientific research reports, theoretical discussions, and phenomenological descriptions of women's lives. Also includes an analysis of social, cultural, and historical influences on individual psychology and highlights women whose lives are under-represented in psychological research and theory. Each of the ten sections opens with a poem. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205265107
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 9/17/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction, Anne E. Hunter and Carie Forden.

1. Power and Ideology.

Poem: Response to Patriarchy, Kelly Mazaris.

Should Psychologists Study Gender Differences? Yes, with Some Guidelines, Janet Shibley Hyde.

Biological Essentialism, Sandra Lipsitz Bem.

The Longest War: Gender and Culture, Carole Wade and Carol Tavris.

Lessons in Inequality: What Television Teaches Us about Women, Teresa Keller.

2. Theories of Development.

Poem: Growth, Beth Rhodes.

Gender-Role Socialization: Lessons in Femininity, Hilary M. Lips.

Gender Schema Theory and Its Implications for Child Development: Raising Gender-Aschematic Children in a Gender-Schematic Society, Sandra Lipsitz Bem.

The Development of Women's Sense of Self, Jean Baker Miller.

3. Adolescence.

Poem: Sister, April Cox.

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, Mary Pipher.

Putting a Big Thing into a Little Hole: Teenage Girls' Accounts of Sexual Initiation, Sharon Thompson.

Body Image and Weight Concerns Among African American and White Adolescent Females: Differences That Make a Difference, Sheila Parker, Mimi Nichter, Mark Nichter, Nancy Vuckovic, Colette Sims, and Cheryl Ritenbaugh.

4. Academic and Career Achievement.

Poem: The Famous Jewish-Russian Pet Termanowsky, Philip Terman.

Are Boys Better Than Girls at Math? Paula J. Caplan and Jeremy B. Caplan.

The Development of Thoughtfulness in College Women, Blythe McVicker Clinchy.

Gender Relations in the Mines and the Division of Labor Underground, Suzanne E. Tallichet.

The Second Shift, Artie Hochschild with Ann Machung.

5. Intimate Relationships.

Poem: Lilly's Porch on the Last Night of July, Nancy Edmondson.

Marriage: Something Old, Something New, Beverly Birns and Rhoda Selvin.

Diversity and Variability in Women's Sexual Identities, Carla Golden.

The Talk of Women Friends, Fern L. Johnson and Elizabeth J. Aries.

6. Caregiving.

Poem: Azamde Wood Figure: Mother and Child, Felicia Mitchell.

History and Current Applications of Attachment Theory, Susan Franzblau.

Overcoming Stereotypes of Mothers in the African-American Context, Elizabeth E. Sparks.

The Sandwich Generation: Women's Roles as Multi-Generational Caregivers, Joan F. Kuchner.

7. Women's Bodies, Women's Health.

Poem: Body Language, Mary C. Bragg.

How to Think about Women's Health, Martha Livingston.

Midwives and Women-Centered Care, Lisa Ross and Linda Cole.

Found Voices: Women, Disability and Cultural Transformation, Deborah Lisi.

8. Violence against Women.

Poem: My Father's Bed, Anonymous.

Battered Wives: Causes, Effects and Social Change, Beverly Birns.

Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus: A Feminist Perspective, Carole Baroody Corcoran and Deborah Mahlstedt.

A Woman's Martial Arts School: Connecting Feminism, Community, and Activism, Charlene R. DiCalogero.

Economic Violence against Women, Ruth Brandwein.

9. Mental Health.

Poem: Ghosts of Horses, Rhonda Barnett.

Gender Issues in the Diagnosis of Mental Disorder, Paula J. Caplan.

Depressed Mood and Self-Esteem in Young Asian, Black, and White Women in America, Nancy Fugate Woods, Martha Lentz, Ellen Mitchell, and L.D. Oakley.

"A Way Outa No Way": Eating Problems Among African-American, Latina, and White Women, Becky Wangsgaard Thompson.

10. Aging.

Poem: Living by Holding Back, Nancy Edmandson.

Women of a Certain Age, Laura Cartensen and Monish Pasupathi.

Puerto Rican Elderly Women: Shared Meanings and Informal Supportive Networks, Melba Sanchez-Ayendez.

Confronting Ageism: A Must for Mental Health, Shevy Healey.

Poem: Perennial, Barbara Koehler.

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