Routledge International Handbook of Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Routledge International Handbook of Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health

1st Edition

Edited by Jane M Ussher, Joan Chrisler, Janette Perz


632 pages

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Hardback: 9781138490260
pub: 2019-10-18
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The Routledge International Handbook of Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health is the authoritative reference work on important, leading-edge developments in the domains of women’s sexual and reproductive health.

The handbook adopts a life-cycle approach to examine key milestones and events in women’s sexual and reproductive health. Contributors drawn from a range of disciplines, including psychology, medicine, nursing and midwifery, sociology, public health, women’s studies, and indigenous studies, explore issues through three main lenses:

  • the biopsychosocial model
  • feminist perspectives
  • international, multicultural perspectives, that acknowledge the intersection of identities in women’s lives.

The handbook presents an authoritative review of the field, with a focus on state-of-the-art work, encouraging future research and policy development in women’s sexual and reproductive health. Finally, the handbook will inform health care providers about the latest research and clinical developments, including women’s experiences of both normal and abnormal sexual and reproductive functions.

Drawing upon international expertise from leading academics and clinicians in the field, this is essential reading for scholars and students interested in women’s reproductive health.

Table of Contents

Introduction Joan C. Chrisler, Jane M. Ussher & Janette Perz Part I: Menarche, Menstruation, and Menopause Chapter 1: Pubertal Development and Menarche: Physiological and Developmental Aspects Margaret L. Stubbs Chapter 2: Menarche: Psychosocial and Cultural Aspects Maria Luisa Marván & Verónica Alcalá-Herrera Chapter 3: The Menstrual Cycle: Its Biology in the Context of Silent Ovulatory Disturbances Jerilynn C. Prior Chapter 4: The Menstrual Cycle: Attitudes and Behavioral Concomitants Joan C. Chrisler & Jenifer A. Gorman Chapter 5: Premenstrual Mood Disorders: A Feminist Psychosocial Perspective Jane Ussher & Janette Perz Chapter 6: Menopause and Midlife: Psychosocial Perspectives and Interventions Myra S. Hunter Part II: Reproductive and Gynecological Disorders Chapter 7: Menstrual Cycle-related Disorders: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Dysmenorrhea, and Menstrual Migraine Nancy Fugate Woods & Nancy J. Kenney Chapter 8: Women’s Experience of Endometriosis Elaine Denny & Annalise Weckesser Chapter 9: Breast and Reproductive Cancers: Genomics and Risks Cheryl B. Travis Chapter 10: Psychosocial Aspects of Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Well-being after Cancer Chloe Parton Part III: Contraception and Infertility Chapter 11: Contraception across the Reproductive Life-course Deborah Bateson Chapter 12: Abortion in Context Jeanne Marecek Chapter 13: Women’s Experiences of Infertility Jessica Barnack-Tavlaris Chapter 14: Fertility and Cancer Michelle Peate, Lesley Stafford, & Yasmin Jayasinghe Chapter 15: Assisted Conception: Fertility Preservation, Surrogate Motherhood, Gamete/Embryo Donation, and in Vitro Fertilization Olga B. A. van den Akker Part IV: Pregnancy and Childbirth Chapter 16: "Adolescent Pregnancy": Social Problem, Public Health Concern, or Neither? Catriona Ida Macleod & Tracey Feltham-King Chapter 17: Smoking and Pregnancy: Risk Factors, Women’s Experiences, and Interventions Michael Ussher, Felix Naughton, Cailtlin Notley, & Linda Bauld Chapter 18: Medical Aspects of Pregnancy Annemarie Hennessy Chapter 19: Miscarriage Heather Rowe & Alexandra Hawkey Chapter 20: The Ultimate in Women’s Labor: Stillbirth and Grieving Joanne Cacciatore & Jill Wieber Lens Chapter 21: Psychological Aspects of Pregnancy and Pregnancy Health Care in their Social and Cultural Contexts Jane R.W. Fisher & Karin Hammarberg Chapter 22: Childbirth and Sexuality Hannah Dahlen & Sahar Sobhgol Chapter 23: Postpartum Adjustment: Psychological Aspects Paula Nicolson Chapter 24: Understanding Perinatal Mental Health Problems: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Approaches to Prevention, Early Identification, and Treatment Virginia Schmied Part V: Sexuality and Sexual Health Chapter 25: Women’s Sexual Health and Embodiment Niva Piran Chapter 26: Sexual Health of Adolescent Girls S. Rachel Skinner, Cristyn Davies, Jennifer Marino, Jessica Botfield, Larissa Lewis Chapter 27: Older Women and Sexual Health: Social, Relational, and Medical Considerations Camille J. Interligi & Maureen C. McHugh Chapter 28: Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction: Psychological Perspectives and Interventions Julia Velton & Sonia Milani Chapter 29: Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction: Critical Analyses Peggy Kleinplatz, Lianne A. Rosen, Maxime Charest & Alyson K. Spurgas Chapter 30: HIV, STIs, Risk Taking, and Sexual Health Jennifer Power Chapter 31: Impacts of Sexual Violence on Women’s Sexual Health Kyja Noack-Lundberg Chapter 32: Feminist Perspectives on Child Sexual Abuse Sam Warner Chapter 33: Female Genital Mutilation and Genital Surgeries Hilary Burrage Part VI: Marginalized Women’s Health Chapter 34: Shame, Silence, and Secrecy: Migrant and Refugee Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Embodiment Alexandra Hawkey Chapter 35: Reproductive Health Disparities among Women Experiencing Homelessness Courtney Cronley & Mona Nahar Chapter 36: Reproductive Justice and Culturally Safe Approaches to Sexual and Reproductive Health for Indigenous Women and Girls Pat Dudgeon & Abigail Bray Chapter 37: Reproductive Health of Women in Low-and Middle-income Countries Kirsten I. Black & Miriam O’Connor Chapter 38: Experiences of Reproductive and Sexual Health and Health Care among Women with Disabilities Heather Dillaway, Brianna Marzolf, Heather Fritz, Wassim Tarraf, & Catherine Lysack Chapter 39: Women with Intellectual and Developmental Impairments – Differences not Deficits Jan Burns Chapter 40: Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Ruth McNair

About the Editors

Jane M Ussher is Professor of Women’s Health Psychology, at Western Sydney University, Australia. She is author of 11 books, including The Madness of Women: Myth and Experience (Routledge) and Managing the Monstrous Feminine: Regulating the Reproductive Body (Routledge). Jane is also editor of the Routledge Women and Psychology book series.

Joan C. Chrisler, PhD is The Class of ’43 Professor Emerita of Psychology at Connecticut College, USA. She is the founding editor of the journal Women’s Reproductive Health, co-author of Woman’s Embodied Self: Feminist Perspectives on Identity and Image (APA Books), and author of dozens of articles and chapters on women’s embodiment and health.

Janette Perz is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI) at Western Sydney University, Australia. She has undertaken a significant research program in sexual and reproductive health including, premenstrual syndrome, menopause, and concerns about fertility and sexuality after cancer.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies