Women's Health Psychology focuses on health psychology issues of women spanning from young adulthood to post-menopause. It describes how behaviors, attitudes and life-style choices influence women's health, examines interactions between psychological and physical health, and presents these findings within a developmental and diverse sociocultural context. Women's Health Psychology synthesizes research evidence on each topic presented and provides a critical scientific review of key areas for students in women's studies classes, researchers who focus on the psychology of women's health, psychology programs, medical school, public health, nursing and allied health, and a resource for health and mental health professionals who work directly with women.
MARY V. SPIERS, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Drexel University.
PAMELA A. GELLER, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Drexel University, Research Associate Professor of OB/GYN at the Drexel University College of Medicine, and Director of the Drexel University Student Counseling Center for medical, nursing, health profession, and public health students.
JACQUELINE D. KLOSS, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at Drexel and Clinical Psychologist and Behavioral Director of the Insomnia Program at the Sleep Center, Drexel University College of Medicine.
Section 1: Women’s Health in Context
Chapter 1 Historical Roots of Women’s Healthcare (Heather Munro Prescott and Wendy Kline)
Chapter 2 Re-theorizing Women’s Health through Intersectionality’s Prism (Lisa Bowleg)
Chapter 3 Employment and Women’s Health (Nancy L. Marshall)
Chapter 4 The Physical and Psychological Effects of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women (Kathy McCloskey and Deidre Hussey)
Section 2 Well-being and Health Challenges
Chapter 5 Alcohol Use in Women 9Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm, Kaitlin Raines, Allison Kulig, and Sharon C. Wilsnack)
Chapter 6 Women and Smoking (Bradley N. Collins and Uma S. Nair)
Chapter 7: Obesity in Women (Michael R. Lowe, Meghan L. Butryn, and Alice Ely)
Chapter 8 Eating and Weight-Related Disorders (Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Ross Krawczyk, Lina Ricciardelli, and J. Kevin Thompson)
Chapter 9: Cosmetic Medical Procedures and Body Adornment 9Canice E. Crerand, Leanne Magee, Jacqueline Spitzer, and David B. Sarwer)
Chapter 10: Women's Sleep throughout the Lifespan 9Jacqueline D. Kloss and Christina O. Nash)
Chapter 11: Promotion of Physical Activity for Women’s Health (Dori Pekmezi, Sarah Linke, Sheri Hartman, and Bess H. Marcus)
Section 3 Reproductive Health
Chapter 12: Women’s Sexual Health (Patricia J. Morokoff and Maggie L. Gorraiz)
Chapter 13: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (Simone N. Vigod and Meir Steiner)
Chapter 14: The Stress of Infertility (Lauren B. Prince and Alice D. Domar)
Chapter 15: The Psychology of Agency in Childbearing (Pamela A. Geller, Alexandra R. Nelson, and Efrat Eichenbaum)
Chapter 16: Psychiatric Symptoms and Pregnancy (Danielle Novick and Heather A. Flynn)
Chapter 17: Breastfeeding and Maternal Mental and Physical Health (Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook, Chris Dunkel Schetter, and Martie Haselton)
Chapter 17: Rethinking Menopause (Paula S. Derry and Heather E. Dillaway)
Section 4: Disability and Chronic Conditions
Chapter 19: Women’s Responses to Disability (Rhoda Olkin)
Chapter 20: The Experience of Cancer in Women 9Annette L. Stanton and Betina R. Yanez)
Chapter 21: The Psychology of Irritable Bowel Syndrome 9Sarah K. Ballou and Laurie Keefer)
Chapter 22: Stress and Resilience in Women with Rheumatic Disease (Sharon Danoff-Burg)
Chapter 23: Neurological disorders in women (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 (Mary V. Spiers)