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This highly respected, best-selling text offers students an enjoyable, extraordinarily well-written introduction to the Psychology of Women. Appropriate for students from a wide variety of backgrounds, this comprehensive book captures womens' own experiences through direct quotations and an emphasis on empirical research. Known for its balance of scholarship, readability, and inclusion of various kinds of women, Margaret Matlin continues to lead the way for the Psychology of Women course. Meticulously updated to reflect the most current research, PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN was written with a genuine interest in and understanding of the students for whom the book is written. Her text includes a chapter on old age as well as discussions of topics such as welfare issues, and pregnancy and women's retirement, which are central in many women's lives, but not consistently covered in other texts.
Coverage on women of color who live in the United States and Canada.
Information and greater attention given to cross-cultural perspectives reflects the exciting recent progress in this area and also provides a broader view of women's lives in many parts of the globe.
The book features more than 1400 references.
Coverage of lesbians and older women now mainstreamed into the text.
"Women's Voices" feature are included. Quotations from girls and women enrich and supplement the quantitative research.
Chapter opening vignettes and anecdotes represent a perspective on the chapter's content.
Data on ethnicity and divorce.
Features subsection called "The Fluidity of Female Sexual Orientation," (Ch. 8 Love Relationships) based on the work of Lisa Diamond.
Chapter 9 ("Background on Women's Sexuality") include the new approach to women's sexuality, which emphasizes social constructionist thinking - that each culture invents its own versions of reality (e.g., in North America, when a woman "has sex," people understand that she has had sexual intercourse with a man).
Text includes a section called "Returning to the Workplace After Childbirth"(Chapter 10 Pregnancy, Childbirth and Motherhood).
Research has been incorporated throughout chapter 13 (Violence Against Women) especially into the discussion of characteristics associated with abusive relationships.
Four themes are traced throughout the book: 1) Psychological Gender Differences Are Typically Small And Inconsistent 2) People React Differently To Men And Women 3) Women Are Less Visible Then Men In Many Important Areas 4) Women Vary Widely From One Another.
Inclusive of voices across sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, culture and age spectrums.
Proven, consistent pedagogical features include topical outlines provide overall structure to chapter, true/false questions at beginning of each chapter encourage student interest and highlight key issues to examine, boldface type identifies new terms, section summaries (2-5 per chapter) help students review major concepts, new terms at end of each chapter, and end-of-chapter review questions encourage students to clarify and synthesize concepts. Also includes an annotated list of recommended readings is included.
Known for being remarkably up to date, with most citations from sources published in 1998 and later, students examine course topics using the most current perspectives.
The "Women's Voices" features (direct quotes from women) raise students' interest and make a connection between their lives and the material in the book.
Opening vignettes draw readers into the chapter.
Matlin focuses on the psychological aspects of women in and of themselves, rather than focusing on gender differences.
About the Author
Margaret Matlin currently holds the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor of Psychology at SUNY Geneseo, where she has taught courses in the Psychology of Women for 36 years. Dr. Matlin has been honored with several major teaching awards, including the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the American Psychological Association Teaching of Psychology Award for four-year institutions, the American Psychological Foundation's Distinguished Teaching in Psychology Award, and the Society for the Psychology of Women's Heritage Award for lifetime contributions to the teaching of the psychology of women. She is currently the Teaching Section Editor for the journal, Psychology of Women Quarterly.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction.
Chapter 1: Gender Stereotypes and Other Gender Biases.
Chapter3: Infancy and Childhood.
Chapter 4: Adolescence.
Chapter 5: Cognitive Abilities and Achievement Motivation.
Chapter 6: Gender Comparisons in Social and Personality Characteristics.
Chapter 7: Women and Work.
Chapter 8: Love Relationships.
Chapter 9: Sexuality.
Chapter 10: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood.
Chapter 11: Women and Physical Health.
Chapter 12: Women and Psychological Disorders.
Chapter 13: Violence Against Women.
Chapter 14: Women and Older Adults.
Chapter 15: Moving Onward.