The Psychology of Women: Maturing of the Field

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1175–1177. Reviews the books, Half the Human Experience: The Psychology of Women (4th ed.) by Janet Shibley Hyde (1991); and The Psychology of Women (2nd ed.) by Margaret W. Matlin (1993). Hyde's and Matlin's volumes are more alike than they are different and have many positive features. Both are large, comprehensive, well-referenced works, although neither is as big or as comprehensive as Unger and Crawford (1992). Both provide an introduction to feminism, discuss sex bias in traditional psychological theory and research, provide a life span perspective, and cover traditional topics such as abilities and achievement, women and work, women's biological development, personality and social behavior, gender stereotypes, women's sexuality, women's health, psychological disorders in women, and violence against women. Both incorporate information about African-American and Hispanic women and lesbians throughout their texts, and both stress the point that women and men are more similar than they are different. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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