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Women's Health Psychology



Women's Health Psychology

Mary V. Spiers, Pamela A. Geller, Jacqueline D. Kloss

ISBN: 978-0-470-89066-0 February 2013 672 Pages

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Praise for Women's Health Psychology

"Women's Health Psychology provides an important overview and analysis of key issues affecting women's health and well-being ... almost every chapter in this volume touches on the importance of quality of life, not just longevity.... It will serve as a valuable reference for health and mental health providers, researchers, and those in training for professional or research careers."
—from the Foreword by Nancy E. Adler, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, Director of the Center for Health and Community

Women's Health Psychology is the first comprehensive collection ever published to consider the developmental, reproductive, and sociocultural contexts of health decision-making and behavior for women. It provides current, expert advice to help policy makers, researchers, and clinicians make the best decisions concerning topics including:

  • The Context of Women's Health: history of women's healthcare, employment and women's health, and the effects of intimate partner violence
  • Health Challenges: smoking, alcohol, eating disorders, and sleep
  • Reproductive Health: premenstrual dysphoric disorder, the stress of infertility, psychiatric symptoms and pregnancy, and menopause
  • Disability and Chronic Conditions: women's responses to disability, experiencing cancer, the psychology of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and rheumatic, heart, and Alzheimer's diseases

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Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

List of Contributors xv

SECTION 1: Women’s Health in Context

Chapter 1 Historical Roots of Women’s Healthcare 3
Heather Munro Prescott and Wendy Kline

Chapter 2 Retheorizing Women’s Health Through Intersectionality’s Prism 25
Lisa Bowleg

Chapter 3 Employment and Women’s Health 46
Nancy L. Marshall

Chapter 4 Effects of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women 64
Kathy McCloskey and Deidre Hussey

SECTION II: Well-Being and Health Challenges

Chapter 5 Alcohol Use in Women 91
Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm, Kaitlin Lilienthal, Allison Kulig, and Sharon C. Wilsnack

Chapter 6 Women and Smoking 123
Bradley N. Collins and Uma S. Nair

Chapter 7 Obesity in Women 149
Michael R. Lowe, Meghan L. Butryn, and Alice V. Ely

Chapter 8 Eating and Weight-Related Disorders 173
Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Ross Krawczyk, Lina Ricciardelli, and J. Kevin Thompson

Chapter 9 Cosmetic Medical Procedures and Body Adornment 199
Canice E. Crerand, Leanne Magee, Jacqueline Spitzer, and David B. Sarwer

Chapter 10 Women’s Sleep Throughout the Lifespan 223
Jacqueline D. Kloss and Christina O. Nash

Chapter 11 Promotion of Physical Activity for Women’s Health 255
Dori Pekmezi, Sarah Linke, Sheri Hartman, and Bess H. Marcus

SECTION III: Reproductive Health

Chapter 12 Women’s Sexual Health 281
Patricia J. Morokoff and Maggie L. Gorraiz

Chapter 13 Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder 305
Simone N. Vigod and Meir Steiner

Chapter 14 The Stress of Infertility 328
Lauren B. Prince and Alice D. Domar

Chapter 15 The Psychology of Agency in Childbearing 355
Pamela A. Geller, Alexandra R. Nelson, and Efrat Eichenbaum

Chapter 16 Psychiatric Symptoms and Pregnancy 389
Danielle M. Novick and Heather A. Flynn

Chapter 17 Breastfeeding and Maternal Mental and Physical Health 414
Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook, Chris Dunkel Schetter, and Martie Haselton

Chapter 18 Rethinking Menopause 440
Paula S. Derry and Heather E. Dillaway

SECTION IV: Disability and Chronic Conditions

Chapter 19 Women’s Responses to Disability 467
Rhoda Olkin

Chapter 20 The Experience of Cancer in Women 491
Annette L. Stanton and Betina Yanez

Chapter 21 The Psychology of Irritable Bowel Syndrome 514
Sarah K. Ballou and Laurie Keefer

Chapter 22 Stress and Resilience in Women With Rheumatic Disease 539
Sharon Danoff-Burg

Chapter 23 Neurological Disorders in Women 556
M. Meredith Gillis, Kara R. Douglas-Newman, and Mary V. Spiers

Chapter 24 Converging Issues in Heart Disease, Stroke, and Alzheimer’s Disease in Women 581
Mary V. Spiers

Author Index 605

Subject Index 637