Women's Health. Contemporary International Perspectives

  • ID: 2246579
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 532 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Covering the lifespan of women from puberty to old age, this comprehensive collection provides ground–breaking research and theory that challenges current conceptions of women′s health and illustrates the diversity of approaches in this burgeoning field. The interdisciplinary angle of the book will appeal to a wide–ranging readership and includes detailed commentaries on key topics such as:
  • anorexia nervosa
  • menstruation
  • sexual abuse
  • breast cancer
  • sexual violence
  • drug abuse
  • menopause
  • self–harm
  • sexual health
  • harassment
  • contraception
  • disability
  • women with HIV
  • screening
  • abortion
  • pregnancy
  • motherhood
  • exercise
  • transgender issues
  • eating disorders
  • stress in the workplace
  • dementia
  • body image
  • depression

Drawing on contributions from the UK, USA, Australia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Eire and Canada, Women′s Health aims to be a source book for information, to provoke debate and to assert the importance of ′the woman question′ in considerations of health. This authoritative and extensive collection represents a major contribution to contemporary developments in the field of women′s health.

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List of contributors x

Preface xx

Acknowledgements xx

Introduction

Women’s health: Contemporary concerns 1Jane M. Ussher

Section One: An Overview of Critical Issues in Women’s Health

1 Psychology of women’s health: A critique 26Christina Lee

2 Qualitative methods and women’s health research 40Michael Murray and Kerry Chamberlain

3 Choosing a life span developmental orientation 50Sheila Greene

Section Two: Young Women’s Health

4 Young Asian women and self–harm 59Harriette Marshall and Anjum Yazdani

5 Girls on “E”: Social problem or social panic? 69Maria Pini

6 Women and substance abuse: Problems of visibility and empowerment 76Helen Keane

7 Young lesbians and mental health: The closet is a depressing place to be 83Julie Mooney–Somers and Jane Ussher

8 Femininity as a barrier to positive sexual health for adolescent girls 93Deborah L. Tolman

Section Three: Sexuality and Sexual Health

9 ‘I couldn’t imagine having sex with anyone else’ Young women’s experience of trustworthiness in heterosexual relationships 105Niamh Stephenson, Susan Kippax and June Crawford

10 Reclaiming women’s sexual agency 114Lynne Segal

11 The social construction of women’s sexuality: The dangers of pharmaceutical industry interest 124Leonore Tiefer

12 Rape: Cultural definitions and health outcomes 129Nancy Felipe Russo, Mary P. Koss and Luciana Ramos Lira

13 Sexual assault and domestic violence: Implications for health workers 143Sue Lees

14 Naming abuse and constructing identities 154Rosaleen Croghan and Dorothy Miell

15 Sexual harassment and stress: How women cope with unwanted sexual attention 160Alison Thomas

16 Women’s sexual health: An overview 172Sylvia Smith

17 Contraception choice: A biopsychosocial perspective 180Beth Alder

18 Menopause and sexuality 190Lorraine Dennerstein

19 Living on the edge: Women with learning disabilities 196Jan Burns

Section Four: Physical Health and Illness

20 Women living with HIV in Britain 204Corinne Squire

21 Gynaecological cancer 218Marian Pitts and Eleanor Bradley

22 Cervical screening 224Julie Fish and Sue Wilkinson

23 Breast cancer: A feminist perspective 230Sue Wilkinson

24 Partner support for women with breast cancer: A process analysis approach 237Nancy Pistrang

25 Chronic pelvic pain 244Marian Pitts, Linda McGowan and David Clark Carter

26 Women and somatic distress 249Annemarie Kolk

Section Five: Reproductive Health

27 ‘PMS research: Balancing the personal with the political’ 255Jacqueline Reilly

28 What does systems theory have to do with premenstrual complaints? 266Wendy Vanselow

29 Menstrual cycle and eating behavior 271Louise Dye

30 Hormones and behavior: Cognition, menstruation and menopause 278John T. E. Richardson

31 Sex hormones as biocultural actors: Rethinking biology, sexual difference and health 283Celia Roberts

32 Reproduction: A critical analysis 290Carol A. Morse

33 Pregnancy: A healthy state? 296Harriet Gross

34 Screening: A critique 302Maeve Ennis

35 Childbirth 307Jane J. Weaver

36 Motherhood and mothering 312Anne Woollett and Harriette Marshall

37 Competing explanations of postpartum depression: What are the benefits to women? 320Paula Nicolson

38 Deconstructing ‘Hysterectomized Women’: A materio–discursive approach 329Pippa Dell

39 The experience of abortion: A contextualist view 339Mary Boyle

Section Six: Bodies and Body Image

40 Body image 356Sarah Grogan

41 Anorexia nervosa 363Helen Malson

42 Looking good and feeling good: Why do fewer women than men exercise? 372Precilla Y. L. Choi

43 Gender, culture and eating disorders 379Mervat Nasser

44 Women with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) 387Celia Kitzinger

45 Transgender issues 394Louise K. Newman

Section Seven: Mental Health

46 Understanding depression in women: Limitations of mainstream approaches and a material–discursive alternative 405Janet M. Stoppard

47 Women’s narratives of recovery from disabling mental health problems: A bicultural project from Aotearoa/New Zealand 415Hilary Lapsley, Linda Waimarie Nikora and Rosanne Black

48 Women, stress and work: Exploring the boundaries 423Rebecca Lawthom

49 The socio–political context of abortion and its relationship to women’s mental health 431Jean Denious and Nancy Felipe Russo

50 Women and psychosis 440Emmanuelle Peters

51 Women and dementia: From Stigma towards celebrations 447Kate Allen

52 The experience of childhood sexual abuse: A psychological perspective of adult female survivors in terms of their personal accounts, therapy, and growth 455Christine D. Baker

53 Psychodynamic psychotherapy 461Janet Sayers

54 Self–psychology 465Anna Gibbs

Section Eight: The Health of Older Women

55 Representations of menopause and women at midlife 470Antonia C. Lyons and Christine Griffin

56 Psychological well–being in aging women 476Linda Gannon

57 The paradox of older women’s health 485Rosemary Leonard and Ailsa Burns

58 Working with older women: Developments in clinical psychology 489Frances J. Baty

Index 497

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′Brillant! This exciting collection should be on the bookshelf and reading list of everyone concerned with women′s health issues. It can only be hoped that the ground–breaking work presented here will be as widely read and taught as it richly deserves to be.′

Professor Valerie Walkerdine, Centre for Critical Psychology, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

′This volume provides a comprehensive and confident treatment of this vast and vital topic ... In this book the psychology of women′s health has come of age.′

Dr Wendy Hollway, School of Psychology, University of Leeds

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