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Women's Health: Contemporary International Perspectives

Jane M. Ussher (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-85433-308-7
532 pages
April 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
Women
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, depression, women and cancer, sexual abuse, disability, exercise, body image, pregnancy, sexual violence and drug use.
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1. Introduction.

2. An Overview of Critical Issues in Women's Health.

3. Young Women's Health.

4. Sexuality and Sexual Health.

5. Physical Health and Illness.

6. Reproductive Health.

7. Bodies and Body Image.

8. Mental Health.

9. The Health of Older Women
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The editor, Jane Ussher is Associate Professor at the Centre for Critical Psychology at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, and has published widely in the field of the Psychology of Women. She was a member of the group that founded the Psychology of Women Section of The British Psychological Society, acting as its honorary secretary from 1988-1991, and chair from 1991-1992. She is also editor of the Routledge Women and Psychology series. Her previous publications include The Psychology of the Female Body (Routledge, 1989), Women's Madness: Misogyny or Mental Illness (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991) and Fantasies of Femininity: Reframing the Boundaries of Sex (Penguin, 1997).
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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.

  • The interdisciplinary angle of the book will appeal to a wide-ranging readership and includes detailed commentaries on key topics such as anorexia nervosa, depression, women and cancer, sexual abuse, disability, exercise, body image, pregnancy, sexual violence and drug use.

  • 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.
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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.

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'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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