The Psychology of Women: No Passing Fad

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1178–1179. Reviews the books, Gender: Stereotypes and Roles (3rd ed.) by Susan A. Basow (1992); and The Psychology of Women by Michele A. Paludi (1992); and Women and Gender: A Feminist Psychology by Rhoda Unger and Mary Crawford (1992). Although specific content and topical organization vary across the texts reviewed, there is something of a consensus about what topics define the field. At an individual level of analysis, topics focus on cognitive abilities, social attributes, sexuality, physical and mental health, and life span development. At an interpersonal level of analysis, coverage includes communication patterns and a variety of dyadic relationships. At the organizational and societal or structural levels, stereotypes, power and status, violence, and work are explored Cutting across all three levels of analysis is a theme of social change that includes personal empowerment, interpersonal sharing, and institutional restructuring. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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