Women's Lives : A Psychological Exploration

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-23
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Womenrs"s Lives:A Psychological Exploration, 2/edraws on a wealth of the literature to present a rich range of experiences and issues of relevance to girls and women. This revised 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. An empirical focus is enlivened by engaging writing, student activities, and critical thinking exercises.

Author Biography

Claire A. Etaugh received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Minnesota.  She is Professor of Psychology at Bradley University where she has taught Psychology of Women courses since 1979.  A Fellow of the Society for the Psychology of Women and Developmental Psychology divisions of the American Psychological Association, she has published over 100 articles in such journals as the Psychology of Women Quarterly, Sex Roles, Child Development, and Developmental Psychology.  She is the co-author of The World of Children, Psychology of Women:  A Lifespan Perspective, and Women’s Lives:  A Topical Approach.  She has been a contributing editor for the Psychology of Women Quarterly and Sex Roles.


Judith S. Bridges earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina.  She is Professor Emerita of Psychology at the University of Connecticut, where she taught the Psychology of Women course for 20 years.  Her research, which has focused on a variety of issued related to women and gender, has been published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly and Sex Roles.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Psychology of Women: History and Research
Cultural Representation of Gender
Gender Self-Concept: Developmental Processes and Individual Differences
Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence
Gender Comparisons: Social Behavior, Personality, Communication, and Cognition
Reproductive System and Childbearing
Education and Achievement
Balancing Family and Work
Physical Health
Mental Health
Violence Against Girls and Women
A Feminist Future: Goals, Actions, and Attitudes
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