Cutting-edge, comprehensive coverage with unique chronological approach within topical chapters
Women’s Lives: A Psychological Exploration draws on a wealth of the literature to present a rich range of experiences and issues of relevance to girls and women. This text offers the unique combination of a chronological approach to gender that is embedded within topical chapters. Cutting-edge and comprehensive, each chapter integrates current material on women differing in age, ethnicity, social class, nationality, sexual orientation and ableness.
The third edition reflects substantial changes in the field while maintaining its empirical focus through engaging writing, student activities, and critical thinking exercises. With over 2,100 new references emphasizing the latest research and theories, and for the first time, MySearchLab with eText, the authors continue to pique interests in psychology of women.
Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:
- Understand the diversity of women’s identities by examining extensive coverage of women of color, women in other cultures around the world, and sexual minority women
- Understand the issues and experiences relating to women in midlife and beyond
In this Section:
1. Overview of Changes
2. Chapter-by-Chapter Changes
1. OVERVIEW OF CHANGES:
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- Over 2,100 new references emphasize the latest research and theories, with more than half from 2010 to the present.
- What You Can Do, a new boxed feature in each chapter, provides students with hands-on activities to both empower themselves and help promote a more egalitarian society.
- Explore Other Cultures, another boxed feature in each chapter, gives students an understanding of the role of cultural, social, and economic factors that shape women’s lives around the world.
- Get Involved is a set of activities in each chapter that promotes active student participation in research.
- The unique life span approach of two previous chronological editions is embedded within topical chapters on sexuality, reproduction and childbearing, education and achievement, employment, physical health, mental health, and violence against girls and women.
- Coverage of the lives of women in the middle and later years is far more extensive than in any other textbook in the field.
- An updated list of Websites and current books at the end of each chapter provides students with resources for additional study and research.
- Expanded use of vignettes and quotes from women adds richness to the data and helps students personally connect with the material.
- New and expanded coverage of many topics reflects scientific and social developments of the second decade of the new millennium.
2. CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER CHANGES
- New organizing theme: Intersectionality
- New material on ethnic women psychologists
- Updated information on stereotypes related to gender, age, class, ethnicity, ableness, and sexual orientation
- New research on representation of diverse groups of women in the media
- Updated information on multiple genders
- New material on women leaders of Native American nations
- Expanded section on children’s gendered occupational choices
- New material on the social construction of menarche, self-esteem in adolescent girls,
- and factors that influence body image
- Updated findings on relational aggression
- Expanded section on cultural factors affecting girls’ math achievement
- New section on hook-ups and friends with benefits Expanded coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals New research on sexual activity of women throughout the life span
- Current trends in birthrates of teens and women over 35
- Updated information on assisted reproductive technology, menopause, and hormone replacement therapy
- New material on attitudes toward pregnancy in employed women and in women with disabilities
Recent trends in dating
- Expanded sections on marital satisfaction, cohabitation, and single mothers
- Updated information on same-sex marriages and civil unions in the United States and abroad
- Expanded section on the educational and occupational goals and achievements of girls and young women
- Updated material on the education of the girls in developing nations
- New material on the academic environment for women of color and for low-income women
- New coverage of workplace issues for women with disabilities, immigrant women, low-income women, and sexual minority women
- Updated information on challenges for women in leadership roles
- Expanded coverage of dual-income couples and the “opting out” controversy
- Updated research on the benefits and costs of work—family balancing
- New section on lung cancer in women
- New section of health care issues for women with disabilities
- Expanded coverage of health care issues for sexual minority women, ethnic minority women, low-income women, and immigrant women
- The latest information on heart disease, breast cancer, and sexually transmitted infections in women
- Expanded coverage on reducing stress and promoting good mental health
- Updated research on mental health issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals
- New section on stalking
- Expanded coverage of sexual harassment on college campuses and in the workplace, and on intimate partner violence in the United States and abroad
- Updated information on human trafficking, acquaintance rape, and elder abuse
- Updated coverage of women’s movements worldwide
- Additional information on men and feminism
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The ONLYPsychology of Women textbook that embeds a chronological approach within each topical chapter.
Intersectional Approach That Integrates Women’s Diverse Identities. Extensive coverage of women of color, women in other cultures around the world, and sexual minority women. Coverage of low-income women and women with disabilities is also included.
New to this edition - Women’s diverse identities are integrated within each chapter rather than examining subgroups of women in separate chapters and there is an emphasis on how women’s identities are shaped not simply by adding the effects of their class, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, and nationality, but by a complex combination of all these characteristics in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Thorough Examination of Balancing Family and Work. An entire chapter has been devoted to this timely topic and explores the theories, challenges, benefits, and solutions associated with this worldwide reality of the twenty-first century in detail.
Introductory Outline. Each chapter begins with an outline, providing an organizational framework for reading the material.
Chapter Opening Vignettes. One or two vignettes open each chapter and help students connect the material to real life.
What You Can Do Boxes. This new feature provides experiential activities that help to empower students and promote a more egalitarian society.
What Do You Think? Critical Thinking Questions Ask students to apply course material or personal experiences and foster skills in synthesis and evaluation.
Get Involved Activities. These varied activities require collecting data on a small number of respondents or focus solely on the student. Each is accompanied by critical-thinking questions that focus on explanations and implications of the activity’s findings.
Explore Other Cultures Boxes. Each chapter contains between one and five boxed features highlighting the role of cultural, social, and economic
Learn About the Research Boxed Sections. These research boxes either highlight an interesting recent study or present an overview of recent findings in an intriguing research area exposing students to a variety of research techniques.
What Does It Mean? Questions. Provoking critical-thinking, these questions ask students to consider a variety of issues related to the research, such as explanations and implications of the findings.
Key Terms. Terms in bold and definitions in italics within the text help students preview, understand, and review important concepts. These terms appear again at the end of each chapter, along with the page number on which the term appears.
If You Want to Know More. Recommended readings include more than 100 new and current recommended books.
Websites. An updated list of Websites at the end of each chapter provides students with additional resources.