Women's Mental Health: A Life-Cycle Approach

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Women's Mental Health: A Life-Cycle Approach brings together the latest research and clinical information on the wide variety of psychiatric problems that affect women in unique ways. The book is organized around the female life cycle—childhood, adolescence, adulthood, reproduction, and aging—and addresses specific disorders as they present at each stage.

Chapters examine the biological, hormonal, and psychosocial foundations of female psychiatric disorders at each life-cycle stage and offer a framework for thinking about clinical problems. Expert commentaries are included to expand on key issues and provide an insightful overview of each life-cycle stage. The international group of contributors ensures complete coverage of cross-cultural issues. Concluding chapters discuss mental health services for women worldwide.

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Reviewer: Steve C. Lee, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is an organized survey of the state-of-the-art of women's mental health research. The structure is quite deliberate beginning with an overview of issues divided into development, culture, and stress. The remaining bulk of the book is divided into four sections that follow these issues chronologically by life cycle as the title suggests. Commentaries are included following or preceding certain sections.
Purpose: The purpose is to shed light on the research done so far in this field. It also sets out to be an impetus for further research. Evidently, there are many sorely understudied areas in the field of women's mental health as the prototypical object of research has been the Caucasian male.
Audience: This book is intended for all mental health professionals, whether in training or practicing, and general health students. Although a myriad of researchers are involved in the authorship, the book maintains a fairly consistent tone which should be palatable for most readers.
Features: Most chapters begin with a cursory but helpful historical perspective of the material. The authors for the most part are remarkably thorough. They do a commendable job of reviewing the literature, presenting current controversies, and suggesting future directions. This is all achieved in a well organized structure. References are conveniently cited at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: This book fulfills its purpose successfully. For those interested in the area of women's mental health, it will likely spark further interest and inquiry into the literature available. Well-written and well-organized, this book is amenable to future focused reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781751292
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 4/11/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. SECTION I: Introduction 1

  2. A Relational-Cultural Theory of Human Development: The Power of Connection 3
    Judith V. Jordan
    Chapter 1 Commentary 13
    Malkah Notman and Carol Nadelson Mary Kay O'Neil
  3. Women, Culture, and Development 15
    Lisa Francesca Andermann
    Chapter 2 Commentary 32
    Charmaine C. Williams
  4. Women and Stress 35
    Elaine Walker, Zainab Sabuwalla, Annie M. Bollini, Deborah J. Walder
    Chapter 3 Commentary 48
    Soraya Seedat and Debra Kaminer

    SECTION II: Childhood 51

  5. Depression and Anxiety in Girls 53
    Katharina Manassis
  6. Gender Identity Disorder in Girls 71
    Susan J. Bradley and Kenneth J. Zucker
  7. Developmental Pathways of ADHD 85
    Florence Levy
  8. Conduct Disorders in Girls 93
    Ellen L. Lipman and David R. Offord

    SECTION III: Adolescence 109

  9. Eating Disorders and Body Image in Adolescence 111
    Cynthia M. Bulik and Lauren Reba
  10. Prodromal Phase of Psychosis in Adolescent Women 123
    Jean Addington and Frauke T. K. Schultze-Lutter
  11. Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence in Adolescent Girls 133
    Sheila B. Blume, Monica L. Zilberman, Hermano Tavares
  12. The Origins of Emotion Regulation: Clinical Presentation and Neurobiology 147
    Ruth A. Lanius, Robyn L. Bluhm, and Clare Pain

    SECTION IV: Adulthood 161

  13. Gender Differences in Depression and Anxiety Disorders 163
    Gail Erlick Robinson
  14. Substance Use and Abuse in Women 179
    Monica L. Zilberman and Sheila B. Blume
  15. Psychotic Disorders in Women 191
    Jayashri Kulkarni
  16. Sexuality and Sexual Disorders in Women 205
    Rosemary Basson
  17. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 221
    Debra Kaminer and Soraya Seedat
  18. Living with Intellectual Disability 237
    Elspeth A. Bradley, Yona Lunsky, and Marika Korossy

    SECTION V: Reproduction 255

  19. Menstrual Cycles and Mental Health 257
    Judith H. Gold
  20. Pregnancy and Mental Health 269
    Anne Buist
  21. Postpartum and Its Mental Health Problems 283
    Sophie Grigoriadis
  22. Menopause and Mental Health 297
    Donna E. Stewart and Mona J. Khalid
  23. Mothering and Depression 311
    Sydney L. Hans

    SECTION VI: Aging 321

  24. The Psychosocial Challenge for Older Women 323
    Anne Hassett
  25. Aging and Cognition in Women 337
    Chris Perkins
  26. Vicissitudes and Disappointments: Loss and Illness in Late Life 351
    Pamela Melding

    SECTION VII: Health Services for Women 365

  27. Mental Health Services for Women 367
    Anne E. Rhodes
  28. Women's Mental Health: From Hysteria to Human Rights 377
    Jill A. Astbury
  29. Mental Health Services for Women in Third World Countries and Immigrant Women 393
    Nalini Pandalangat

    Index 407

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