Constructing New Approaches to Understanding Women's

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(11), 733-737. Taken as a whole, these works (see records 1995-98586-000, 1997-08820-000, 1997-08590-000, 1997-36753-000, and 1997-30249-000) articulate the challenge the women's health movement has made to traditional disease-centered biomedical models. These books go beyond merely summarizing research findings about gender differences in the causes, treatment, and prevention of disease to consider the context and complexities of women's health and women's use of the health care system. They foster a view of women as having essential roles to play as health researchers, health care providers, policymakers, and consumers. They examine inequities in health research, training, and service delivery and offer an abundance of recommendations for future research and policy development to improve women's health and health care across the life span. In doing so, these books make contributions that can improve the impact of health care on everyone, regardless of gender. They also suggest that basic work in gender theory and research is needed if our understanding of the relation of gender to health is to progress. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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