The Psychology of Women

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Cengage Learning, Apr 14, 2011 - Psychology - 640 pages
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This highly respected text offers students an enjoyable, extraordinarily well-written introduction to the psychology of women with an up-to-date examination of the field and comprehensive coverage of topics. Appropriate for students from a wide variety of backgrounds, Margaret Matlin's THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN, 7th Edition, accurately depicts women's experiences through direct quotations and an emphasis on empirical research. Known for its balance of scholarship, readability, and inclusion of various kinds of women, the text reflects a genuine interest in and understanding of the readers for whom it was written. This edition is updated to incorporate the most current research, and continues to examine numerous topics that are central to many women's lives but omitted from competing textbooks, including complete chapters on childhood, adolescence, love relationships, motherhood, health psychology, and psychological disorders. Matlin also provides enhanced coverage of such important topics as social class, ethnic diversity, pregnancy, and women's retirement as she continues to lead the way for the psychology of women course.
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From my perspective this is the worst book I have ever encountered with regards to its content. The book is basically about how women are better than men in every way. For example, the book say something like 'several research state that there are no gender differences between men and women in intelligence but women are slightly more intelligent. Oh and also they are more effective leaders; girls are better than boys in high school mathmetics; etc... This feminist book is indeed not objective in total because it was written through the lens of feminist perspective (focused on women's superiority against men). Personally, I believe in women's equal rights in the society, however, i dont consider self a feminist because I really do hate its intentions (esp. Radical feminists).
I really think the facts in the book is biased (although it is based on meta-analysis of researches) that will fail to grab general audience's attention and I really have this urge to throw this book into my toilet whenever i read it.
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Gender Stereotypes and Other Gender Biases
35
Infancy and Childhood
74
Adolescence
108
Gender Comparisons in Cognitive Abilities and Attitudes About Achievements
142
Gender Comparisons in Social and Personality Characteristics
173
Women and Work
207
Love Relationships
244
Women and Physical Health
350
Women and Psychological Disorders
384
Violence Against Women
416
Women and Older Adulthood
454
Moving Onward
482
References
501
Name Index
581
Subject Index
597

Sexuality
284
Pregnancy Childbirth and Motherhood
318

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Margaret Matlin currently holds the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor of Psychology at SUNY Geneseo, where she has taught courses in the Psychology of Women for 36 years. Dr. Matlin has been honored with several major teaching awards, including the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the American Psychological Association Teaching of Psychology Award for four-year institutions, the American Psychological Foundation's Distinguished Teaching in Psychology Award, and the Society for the Psychology of Women's Heritage Award for lifetime contributions to the teaching of the psychology of women. She is currently the Teaching Section Editor for the journal, Psychology of Women Quarterly.

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