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TitleThe Woman Patient [electronic resource] : Concepts of Femininity and the Life Cycle / edited by Carol C. Nadelson, Malkah T. Notman
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1982
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In Volumes 2 and 3, we have chosen a focus that places in context aspects of mental health and the complex psychosocial factors thatafยญ fect our perceptions of how health and illness are defined and experiยญ enced. Weare aware that some may take exceptions to the topics chosen or to the way in which some authors have developed their ideas and presented their information. While we cannot expect to agree with each other all of the time, we can provide a framework and a perspective from which ideas can take form and evolve. The first section of Volume 2 provides an overview of some of the theoretical issues involved in understanding the psychology of women. These issues include changes in psychoanalytic views, particularly in relation to femininity and feminine development. The particular deยญ velopmental experiences of black women are also clearly delineated. The second section deals with specific points in the life cycle that raise unique issues for women, especially as they pertain to the many roles of women in contemporary society and the impact that these roles have on their careers and on their families. The impact of having a working mother on the early interaction with children, the concerns of midlife, especially marital interactions, and the ambiguities of aging are disยญ cussed. We intend to provide information and to raise questions that we hope will be part of an ongoing dialogue, as well as a stimulus to more intensive study and understanding


Theory -- 1 Feminine Development: Changes in Psychoanalytic Theory -- 2 Changing Views of the Relationship between Femininity and Reproduction -- 3 Changing Sex Stereotypes -- 4 The Black Woman Growing Up -- Life Cycle Considerations -- 5 The Early Mother-Child Relationship: A Developmental View of Woman as Mother -- 6 To Marry or Not to Marry -- 7 Maternal Work and Children -- 8 Midlife Concerns of Women: Implications of Menopause -- 9 Marriage and Midlife: The Impact of Social Change -- 10 Separation: A Family Developmental Process of Midlife -- 11 Women and Aging

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