Handbook of Diversity in Feminist Psychology

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Hope Landrine, PhD, Nancy Felipe Russo, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, Dec 17, 2009 - Psychology - 624 pages
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"With the publication of the Handbook of Diversity in Feminist Psychology, the field of feminist psychology has achieved a new depth; the volume is a sophisticated and cutting-edge compendium that not only describes the state of the field, but also pushes its boundaries in important ways."----Sex Roles: A Journal of Research

"Critical for all those who are in the field of psychology to own, refer to, and use. No longer are diversity and gender issues considered to be on the periphery as they once were....one would be remiss in not considering these factors in psychology."

--Florence L. Denmark, PhD (From the Foreword)
Author, Psychology of Women

"FINALLY--A collection of work that is built on decades, if not centuries, of hard work from many feminists of color and our allies! This is one of the few books that delves deeply into the complex world of considering the human condition in cultural context, something psychology is only [relatively] recently trying to do. This book is a must have for anyone interested in feminism OR diversity issues. It is a great example of feminist multiculturalism and both fields (i.e., feminism and multicultural psychology) should consider it an example of how to merge theoretical orientations in a way that is fitting for real people. I LOVE this book!"

--Geneva Reynaga-Abiko, Psy.D.

This handbook presents a multicultural approach to diversity in feminist psychology. Provocative and timely, the text comprehensively discusses the cutting-edge of feminist discourse, covering major topics such as multicultural feminist theory, gender discrimination, aging, health and therapy, violence and harassment, politics and policy, and much more.

The unique quality of this book is that each contributor brings her own cultural perspective, values, and concerns to her chapter. Special emphasis is also given to the intersectionality of minority identities such as race, ethnicity, social class, sexual preference, and other socially constructed status differences among women.

Key Topics Discussed:

  • Intimate partner violence: perspectives from ethnic groups in the United States
  • Gender-transgressive sexual minorities
  • HIV/AIDS among women of color and sexual minority women
  • Psychological perspectives on older women, including transitions, cognitive functioning, and mental health
  • Ethnicity, disordered eating, and body image
  • Methodological and statistical issues in research with diverse samples
  • Low-income women, women with disabilities, workers, and immigrants/refugees
 

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Contents

The Nature and Meaning of Gender
135
Health and Therapy
259
Violence and Harassment
389
Politics Policy and Advocacy
477
Conclusion
583
Index
589
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Hope Landrine, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Health Disparities Research and Professor of Psychology at East Carolina University. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rhode Island, postdoctoral training in Social Psychology at Stanford University, and postdoctoral training in Cancer Prevention and Control as a National Cancer Institute Fellow at the University of Southern California Medical School. Her research focuses on sociocultural and contextual factors in cancer and other chronic disease disparities among African-Americans. She has published numerous articles and books on this topic, and received 6 national awards for her research, including the "American Psychological Association (APA) Dalmas Taylor Award for Lifetime, Distinguished Contributions to Research on Ethnic Minorities", and Fellow status in APA Divisions 35 (Women), 9 (Social Issues), 38 (Health), and 45 (Ethnic Minorities) for outstanding contributions to research. She is the former Director of Multicultural Health Behavior Research at the American Cancer Society, and continues to collaborate with American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute scholars on studies of Black-White cancer disparities. Her current grants focus on improving quality of care for Black women breast cancer patients in oncology practices, and on novel strategies for providing cancer education to low-income, rural, minority communities.

Nancy Felipe Russo, PhD, is Regents Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at Arizona State University where she served as director of the Women's Studies program (1985-93). Founding director of the Women's Programs office of the American Psychological Association (1977-1985), Russo is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association (Divisions 1, 9, 26, 34, 35, 35, 38, 45, 52), and the American Psychological Society. She is author or editor of more than 200 publications related to the psychology of women and women's issues; current editor of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry; and a former editor of the Psychology of Women Quarterly. Her honors include a Carolyn Wood Sherif Award and a Heritage Award for Contributions to Public Policy from APA's Division of the Psychology of Women. She received a Distinguished Career Award from the Association for Women in Psychology, and was recognized by APA's Board of Ethnic Minority Affairs for contributions to ethnic minority issues. Russo is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's 1995 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Women's Corporation and of the American Orthopsychiatric Association.

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