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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.