Psychology of Gender : Fifth Edition book cover
5th Edition

Psychology of Gender
Fifth Edition

ISBN 9781138186873
Published August 1, 2016 by Routledge
768 Pages

USD $210.00

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Book Description

Noted for its fair and equal coverage of men and women, this book reviews the research and issues surrounding gender from multiple perspectives including psychology, sociology, anthropology, and public health, with an emphasis on the interaction between biological and social theories. The implications of social roles, status, and gender-related traits on relationships and health that are central to students' daily lives are emphasized throughout. Students learn how to distinguish the similarities and differences between the sexes and the theories that explain the differences. Methodological flaws that may impact the observance of sex differences are also examined.

Learning activities and pedagogical tools included in the text:

  • Do Gender exercises which provide an opportunity to test hypotheses and explore data
  • Sidebars on special interest topics and numerous visuals that bring the studies to life
  • Take Home Points that summarize key concepts in bulleted format
  • Boldfaced key terms and definitions, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and suggested readings which help students review the material

New to the 5th Edition:

  • Expanded sections on cohabitation, homosexuality, online relationships, social media influences, single-sex classrooms, sex differences in math abilities, and gender implications of divorce on health
  • Expanded coverage of gender and parenting, gender and the workplace, gender and power, and balancing work and family
  • An expanded intersectional approach that highlights how gender is connected to social class, race, and ethnicity, including more coverage of gender system justification theory
  • Coverage of transgender issues including recent changes in the DSM guidelines
  • Streamlined discussions to further engage students to think about gender issues
  • A companion website at where instructors will find Power Point slides, multiple choice quizzes, and short answer questions with suggested answers for each chapter; and students will find flashcards of key terms, chapter outlines, and links to related websites and further reading

Divided into three parts, each section builds on the previous one. First, gender and the development of gender roles across cultures are introduced. Scientific methods used to study gender, attitudes toward gender, and the latest data and theories on sex differences in cognitive, social, and emotional domains are then introduced. Theories of gender-role development, including evolutionary, social learning, social role, and gender schema theories are reviewed along with the implications of gender on achievement. Part one reviews the key information on the similarities and differences between the sexes and the theories that explain the differences which lay the foundation for the remainder of the book. Part two examines the role of gender in relationships including communication styles and the impact of these interactions on friendship and romantic relationships. The third part examines the role of gender on physical and mental health. The effects of marriage and parenting on health are reviewed, including domestic abuse, along with how gender affects the association between work and health.

This is an ideal text for upper level gender-focused courses including the psychology of gender, psychology of women or men, gender issues, and gender, women’s, or men’s studies taught in psychology, women’s studies, gender studies, sociology, and anthropology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction  Chapter 2: Methods and History of Gender Research  Chapter 3: Gender-Role Attitudes  Chapter 4: Sex-Related Comparisons: Observations  Chapter 5: Sex-Related Comparisons: Theory  Chapter 6: Achievement  Chapter 7: Communication  Chapter 8: Friendship  Chapter 9: Romantic Relationships  Chapter 10: Sex Differences in Health: Evidence and Explanations  Chapter 11: Relationships and Health  Chapter 12: Paid Worker Role and Health  Chapter 13: Mental Health

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Vicki S. Helgeson is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Gender, Relationships, and Health Lab at Carnegie Mellon University.


"An excellent and engaging resource for those seeking multi-disciplinary evidence-based insight into the broad impact of gender and gender differences. Ideally suited for upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level." – Barbara Masser, University of Queensland, Australia

"Psychology of Gender is an accessible, comprehensive text for all students. Helgeson’s inclusive approach emphasizes the intersection of gender with culture, race, and age. The "Do Gender" activities foster active, student-centered learning through real-life application." – Emily Coyle, Saint Martin’s University, USA

"A well-written and comprehensive textbook, which equally addresses women and men. Helgeson’s thorough and objective coverage of the empirical research on each topic is a rare find in this domain." – Jennifer Fillo, University of Houston, USA

"This text draws readers in with engaging content, clear writing, and nuanced and vast research coverage. It will inspire students of all levels to reflect on their gendered experiences and to think critically and scientifically." – Sara M. Gorchoff, Monmouth College, USA

"Helgeson does an excellent job of presenting a comprehensive, multi-faceted examination of the psychology of gender in an engaging and research-based format. She also provides a nice balance of theory and empirical research on gender differences in various aspects of relationships and health." – Kristin D. Mickelson, Arizona State University, USA