Women's Lives: A Psychological Exploration

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Psychology Press, Jul 14, 2015 - Social Science - 512 pages
Women’s Lives: A Psychological Exploration, 3rd Edition draws on a wealth of the literature to present a rich range of experiences and issues of relevance to girls and women. This text offers the unique combination of a chronological approach to gender that is embedded within topical chapters. Cutting-edge and comprehensive, each chapter integrates current material on women differing in age, ethnicity, social class, nationality, sexual orientation and ableness.

The third edition reflects substantial changes in the field while maintaining its empirical focus through engaging writing, student activities, and critical thinking exercises. With over 2,100 new references emphasizing the latest research and theories, the authors continue to pique interests in psychology of women.


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Introduction to the Psychology of Women
Themes in the Text
Cultural Representation of Gender
Representation of Gender in the Media
Gender SelfConcept and Gender Attitudes
Gender Attitudes
Infancy Childhood and Adolescence
Womens WorkRelated Goals
The Older Woman Worker
Economic Status
Balancing Family and Work
Division of Family Labor
Physical Health

Gender Comparisons
Communication Style
Reproductive System and Childbearing
Committed Relationship
Romantic Relationships
Single Women
Relationships in the Later Years
Education and Achievement
Risk Diagnosis and Treatment
Mental Health
Eating Disorders
Substance Use and Abuse
Violence Against Girls and Women
Dating Violence
A Feminist Future
Name Index

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About the author (2015)

Claire Etaugh received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is Professor of Psychology at Bradley University where she has taught Psychology of Women courses since 1979. A Fellow of the Society for the Psychology of Women and Development Psychology divisions of the American Psychological Association, she has published over 100 articles in such journals as the Psychology of Women Quarterly, Sex Roles, Child Development, and Developmental Psychology. She is the co-author of The World of Children, Psychology of Women: A Lifespan Perspective, and Women’s Lives: A Psychological Exploration. She has been a contributing editor for the Psychology of Women Quarterly and Sex Roles.

Judith Bridges earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina. She is Professor Emerita of Psychology at the University of Connecticut, where she taught the Psychology of Women course for 20 years. Her research, which has focused on a variety of issues related to women and gender, has been published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly and Sex Roles.

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