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The Handbook of Women, Psychology, and the Law

Andrea Barnes (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-7879-7060-4
480 pages
February 2005, Jossey-Bass
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The Handbook of Women, Psychology, and the Law is a groundbreaking book that presents legal and psychological perspectives on how society has responded to the most vital (and often controversial) contemporary women's issues. The Handbook covers such important topics as abortion, rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, divorce, poverty, welfare, and mental health. Written by experts in the fields of jurisprudence, clinical psychology, feminist psychology, ethics, and public policy, this essential volume shows how crucial social issues have effected civil and criminal law. This comprehensive resource
  • Describes the evolution of gender-related legal decisions
  • Explores sexual harassment in the workplace from both the individual’s and the organization’s viewpoints
  • Explains the “invisible” aspect of women’s contributions to the workplace
  • Describes the ambivalence of the courts in cases involving pregnant employees
  • Presents an update of the psychological and legal sides of abortion
  • Reports on the gender gap in health insurance coverage
  • Offers a cross-cultural overview of women and depression
  • Explores recent legal interventions for incarcerated women who killed their batterers
  • Gives an analysis of rape from an international perspective and explores the use of rape as a weapon of war
  • Presents particular issues affecting women from places such as southern Africa, Uganda, and China
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Introduction.

1. Psychological Gender Differences: Contemporary Theories and Controversies (Natalie Porter).

2. Women and the Law: A Brief History (Andrea Barnes).

3. Women,Work, and Discrimination (Nancy Lynn Baker).

4. Sexual Harassment: The Organizational Perspective (Jay M. Finkelman).

5. Relational Practice: A Feminist Reconstruction of Work (Joyce K. Fletcher).

6. Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace (Lisa Wilson).

7. Update on Abortion Law (Andrea Barnes).

8. Insurance Coverage of Contraceptives: Narrowing the Gender Gap in Health Care Coverage (Judith C. Appelbaum, Virginia S. Davis).

9. Women and Depression (Jennifer R. R. Hightower).

10. Intimacy and Injury: Legal Interventions for Battered Women (Phyllis Goldfarb).

11. Rape Resistance: Successes and Challenges (Patricia D. Rozee).

12. Women’s Human Rights Abuses in the Name of Religion (Shannon M. Roesler).

13. Sexual Violence Against Women in War and Armed Conflict (Gretchen Borchelt).

14. Women and the Military (Catherine Toth).

15. Discrimination Against Women in the World of Human Rights: The Case of Women in Southern Africa (Teresa Mugadza).

16. Ugandan Women: Resiliency and Protective Factors in Confronting HIV/AIDS (Valata Jenkins-Monroe).

17. Population Control in China (Renee Huebner).

The Editor.

The Contributors.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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Andrea Barnes is a clinical psychologist and an attorney. She is currently working in the Learning Disabilities Service of the National Health Service, Lanarkshire, in Bothwell, Scotland. She was previously an associate professor and coordinator of the forensic psychology program at Alliant International University in Los Angeles.
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"...the international chapters are a unique contribution of this handbook, differentiating it from similar texts on women and justice." (Sex Roles, 57:467-469)
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