Rural Women's Health: Mental, Behavioral, and Physical Issues

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Rural Women's Health encompasses the breadth and depth of the unique physical and psychological needs facing rural women throughout the United States and Canada, and identifies positive interventions and outcomes. Raymond T. Coward, founding editor of The Journal of Rural Health, along with five leading practitioners and researchers with contributions from over 25 educators, authors, program leaders, and researchers representing the multidisciplinary spectrum of rural health professionals, present the most ...

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Overview

Rural Women's Health encompasses the breadth and depth of the unique physical and psychological needs facing rural women throughout the United States and Canada, and identifies positive interventions and outcomes. Raymond T. Coward, founding editor of The Journal of Rural Health, along with five leading practitioners and researchers with contributions from over 25 educators, authors, program leaders, and researchers representing the multidisciplinary spectrum of rural health professionals, present the most comprehensive coverage on rural women's health that exists today.

  • Key issues covered include:
  • Socio-cultural stressors
  • Policy changes
  • Barriers to accessing mental health treatment
  • Obesity and risk factors
  • Behavioral risk factors
  • Chronic diseases
  • Exercise, nutrition, and health promotion programs
  • Education and telehealth

This is a valuable resource for mental health service providers, gerontologists, social workers, psychologists, counselors, and primary care physicians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826129451
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/22/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond T. Coward, MSW, PhD, is the Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Professor and Dean of the College of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University and is a professor of health policy and administration. Dr. Coward was the founding editor of The Journal of Rural Health (1985-1990), now in its 20th year of publication, and is the author or editor of eight books, including several focused on rural populations.

Lisa A. Davis, MHA, is the Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, where she is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the state office of rural health, including developing and sustaining linkages with state and national partners and expanding the office's role in enhancing the health status of rural Pennsylvanians. She is the immediate Past-President of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association and immediate Past-Secretary of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health's Board of Directors.

Carol Hancock Gold, PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Biobehavioral Health, Penn State University, and an Associate Professor in the Institute of Gerontology at Jonkoping University College of Health Sciences in Jonkoping, Sweden.

Helen Smiciklas-Wright, PhD, is Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Diet Assessment Center in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Wright was co-editor with Drs. Gueldner and Burke of Preventing and Managing Osteoporosis (Springer Publishing, 2000).

Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD, FACP, is the Associate Dean for Professional Development and Associate Professor of Medicine of The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Born and raised in rural Nebraska, she is committed to improving the health and status of women and men, both rural and urban, through clinical practice, educational programs, administrative leadership, and community service.

Fred W. Vondracek, PhD, is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Outreach in the College of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University, Professor of Human Development in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and Honorary Professor at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in Germany.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgments
  1. Introduction
  2. Behavioral Health of Rural Women: Challenges and Stressors, Pamela L. Mulder and Warren Lambert
  3. Policy Issues Affecting the Success of a Rural Women's Health Agenda, Kathleen M. McNamara
  4. Differences in Mental Health Indicators and Psychotropic Drug Use Between Rural and NonRural Older Women, Carol Hancock Gold, Kelli L. Dominick, Frank M. Ahern, and Debra A. Heller
  5. Obesity in Rural Women: Emerging Risk Factors and Hypotheses, C Christine M. Olson and Carion F. Bove
  6. Preterm Delivery and Low Birthweight Among Rural Women: The Importance of the Preconceptual Physical and Mental Health Status, Marianne M. Hillmemeier, Carol S. Weisman, Gary A. Chase, and Megan Romer
  7. Mental Health Parity Still Evading Rural Women, Jane Nelson Bolin
  8. Mental Health Care Utilization and Expenditures Among Rural Women, Judith Shinogle
  9. Understanding Mental Health Service Use Among Rural Women, Sarah Gehlert, Kelly Kovac, In Han Song, and S. Ann Hartlage
  10. Behavioral Risk Factors, Chronic Diseases, Health Care Access, and Health Status of Rural American Indian Women in Oklahoma,Janis E. Campbell, Zoran Bursac, and Lisa Perkins
  11. The Role of Resources in the Emotional Health of African American Women: Rural and Urban Comparisons, Paula Y. Goodwin, Sharon Wallace Williams, and Peggye Dilworth Anderson
  12. Effects of Race and Poverty on Perceived Stress Among Rural Women, Janice C. Probst, Charity G. Moore, and Elizabeth G. Baxley
  13. Evaluation of Nutrition Education and Exercise in a Health Promotion and Wellness Program for Older Adults, Cathy B. Parrett
  14. Providing Education and Health Care to Rural Communities Using Telehealth, Denise L. Jameson
  15. A Research Agenda for the Future: Linking the Mental, Behavioral and Physical Health of Rural Women, Luanne E. Thorndyke

Index
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