Combining Scholarship and Experience to Create Perspectives on Healing Women

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1294–1295. Reviews the book, Women, Relationships, and Power: Implications for Counseling edited by Ellen Piel Cook (see record 1992-98780-000). It is difficult to find a book on women's issues that combines scholarly sophistication with an articulation of the social, cultural, political, and personal experiences of women. This is such a book. The first two chapters of this book provide a conceptual-theoretical framework for understanding the role of gender in women's lives, specifically the impact of a relational, as opposed to an individualistic, individualistic, orientation and the role of power differences experienced by women and their capacity to promote the devaluation, restriction, and violation of women. Subsequent chapters address specific issues (intimate relationships, career-work issues, depression, reproductive life cycle issues, eating disorders and addictions, and internalized misogyny) and how the engendered context of women's lives affects these issues. Every chapter provides an integration of relevant research and a discussion of counseling implications, including the presentation of a clinical example at the end of most chapters to illustrate the content of that chapter. Of particular note are issues of diversity-specifically multicultural, lesbian, and socioeconomic issues–that are addressed in every chapter. A strength of this book is its translation of science and theory into practice, thus, it would be most appreciated by helping professionals or persons in training for a helping profession. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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