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Overview

Challenging some of our most deeply held assumptions about mental health care, Women in Context explores the ways psychotherapy services for women are influenced by the larger therapy system and the sociopolitical context in which we live. The volume provides a comprehensive and insightful examination of factors that affect women's mental health, demonstrates the inadequacy of traditional psychotherapeutic assumptions, and offers new approaches for addressing women's experiences.

Drawn from the work of noted therapists from both individual and family disciplines, the book begins with an overview of the themes that define its scope, namely, women within the larger context of the service delivery system, and the weaving together of gender, race, class, and sexual life style. The second section examines psychotherapy given a sociopolitical understanding of women's life cycle issues. Chapters discuss the influence of societal norms and stereotypes on the ways girls experience adolescence, as well as on marginalized and silenced women including lesbians, single heterosexuals, bisexual women, stepmothers, and older women.

Enlightening chapters on women's medical concerns show that many women enter therapy in response to the dual-edged emotional consequences of dealing with illness and with the health care system itself. The book discusses psychotherapeutic approaches to women's health concerns, the pathologizing of normal female life cycle events, and the personal and familial impact of some feared illnesses. Chapters also examine whether new reproductive technologies are truly in the service of women, ways to break the silence surrounding the spread of AIDS among women, and reasons for the lack of research on menopause.

The final section of the book illuminates the impact of governmental policies and of deeply imbued belief systems on women's mental health concerns. Violence, poverty, homelessness, teenage pregnancy, and women in the workplace are among the issues explored from a societal perspective. Here, chapters illustrate the application of ideas presented in the text by offering therapeutic insights and describing established programs that are dealing with some of these problems. Difficulties women encounter in the workplace and in traditionally male-dominated institutions are also covered. Concluding with a probing look at one therapist's work with a female client, the book lays the groundwork for the creation of a new model of psychotherapy--a model that will be more compatible with the actual experiences of women's lives.

Written in a straightforward, personal style and eschewing technical jargon, this major new work is enlightening reading for all mental health professionals who work with women. Adroitly addressing a range of timely and critical topics, the book will be valued by those who specialize in women's studies and students from a broad range of academic disciplines.

The book contains no illustrations.

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Reviewer: Marilyn Johnson, PhD (Rush Medical College of Rush University)
Description: This edited collection addresses a range of important issues to aid psychotherapists in treating women. Whether discussing life cycle or health or psychological issues, the book emphasizes the social and political context in which women exist. The authors are highly knowledgeable and experienced.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe some common problems women bring to psychotherapy (various kinds of abuse, depression, health concerns) while addressing the social, political, and economic factors that affect these problems and the therapy outcome.
Audience: The audience is all psychotherapists of women, perhaps especially those from the majority culture who may not be well informed about factors that affect people unlike themselves.
Features: The overall appearance of the book is good; it does not have illustrations. The references are current and pertinent; it would have helped the reader to collect the references in one group at the back of the book.
Assessment: This book is valuable because it acknowledges that psychotherapy takes place in contexts that are usually ignored in texts. It contains realistic suggestions for women in difficult situations, e.g., poor, battered women, lesbian parents, etc. Many books about women and psychotherapy still focus on white, heterosexual, middle-class women; this book does not. I would recommend adding it to one's collection.
Marilyn Johnson
This edited collection addresses a range of important issues to aid psychotherapists in treating women. Whether discussing life cycle or health or psychological issues, the book emphasizes the social and political context in which women exist. The authors are highly knowledgeable and experienced. The purpose is to describe some common problems women bring to psychotherapy (various kinds of abuse, depression, health concerns) while addressing the social, political, and economic factors that affect these problems and the therapy outcome. The audience is all psychotherapists of women, perhaps especially those from the majority culture who may not be well informed about factors that affect people unlike themselves. The overall appearance of the book is good; it does not have illustrations. The references are current and pertinent; it would have helped the reader to collect the references in one group at the back of the book. This book is valuable because it acknowledges that psychotherapy takes place in contexts that are usually ignored in texts. It contains realistic suggestions for women in difficult situations, e.g., poor, battered women, lesbian parents, etc. Many books about women and psychotherapy still focus on white, heterosexual, middle-class women; this book does not. I would recommend adding it to one's collection.
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Explores the ways psychotherapy services for women are influenced by the larger therapy system and the sociopolitical context. Examines factors affecting women's mental health, demonstrates the inadequacies of traditional psychotherapeutic assumptions, and offers new approaches for addressing women's experiences. Topics discussed include the influence of societal norms and stereotypes on female adolescents, the pathologizing of normal female life cycle events, and the personal and familial impact of some feared illnesses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898620955
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/24/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 502
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Marsha Pravder Mirkin, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a private psychotherapy, consulting, and training practice in Newton, Massachusetts. She is a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a supervisor for the Cambridge Hospital Couples and Family Therapy Training Program. The editor of The Social and Political Contexts of Family Therapy and coeditor, with Stuart Koman, of The Handbook of Adolescence and Family Therapy, Dr. Mirkin is particularly interested in weaving issues of the larger context into her work with women and couples.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Service Delivery Systems and Women: The Construction of Conflict 9
2 The Interweaving of Gender, Class, and Race in Family Therapy 25
3 The Impact of Misogyny and Homophobia on Therapy with Women 48
4 Female Adolescence Revisited: Understanding Girls in Their Sociocultural Contexts 77
5 Women Growing Older: Partnerships for Change 96
6 Lesbian Families: A Cultural Perspective 118
7 Therapy with Bisexual Women: Working on the Edge of Emerging Cultural and Personal Identities 149
8 Single Heterosexual Women through the Life Cycle 170
9 Women in Stepfamilies: The Fairy Godmother, the Wicked Witch, and Cinderella Reconstructed 188
10 Keep Abreast: Women and Breast Cancer in Context 217
11 Working with Communities of Women at Risk for AIDS: A Chronicle 237
12 The Sociopolitical Contexts of Abortion 256
13 The Counter Revolution: Sex, Politics, and the New Reproductive Technologies 284
14 Over the Hill We Go: Women at Menopause 310
15 Diversity and Difference: Race and Feminist Psychotherapy 333
16 Violence against Women: Ramifications of Gender, Class, and Race Inequality 352
17 Poor Women: Making a Difference 390
18 Empowerment Work with Homeless Women 408
19 Women's Struggles in the Workplace: A Relational Model 433
20 It's A Question of Dollars and Cents: Prioritizing Economic Issues in Women's Treatment 453
21 Female Adolescents and Sexuality: A Look at Teen Sexual Behavior, Its Consequences, and the Pregnanacy Prevention Programs 462
22 Epilogue: The Maternal Presence in Psychotherapy 482
Index 492
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