1st Edition

The Psychology of Gender

  • This format cannot be shipped to your selected country.
  • The Taylor & Francis Group cannot sell Guilford Press products in your shipping region.
ISBN 9781593852443
Published October 20, 2005 by Guilford Press
358 Pages

USD $41.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

To what extent does gender influence our behavior, thoughts, and feelings? How do ""nature"" and ""nurture"" interact to shape our identities as female or male? And what are the effects of gender on the ways we are perceived and treated by others? The second edition of this important text and reference confronts the central questions pertaining to gender differences and similarities across the lifespan. Rather than focusing on a particular viewpoint, the volume is carefully designed to foster comparison among different lines of psychological research and provide a broad survey of cutting-edge work in the field.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Anne E. Beall, Alice H. Eagly, and Robert J. Sternberg
2. Androgen, Estrogen, and Gender: Contributions of the Early Hormone Environment to Gender-Related Behavior, Melissa Hines
3. The Psychobiology of Gender: Cognitive Effects of Reproductive Hormones in the Adult Nervous System, Elizabeth Hampson and Scott D. Moffat
4. Sex Roles as Adaptations: An Evolutionary Perspective on Gender Differences and Similarities, Douglas T. Kenrick, Melanie R. Trost, and Jill M. Sundie
5. Social Cognitive Theory of Gender Development and Functioning, Kay Bussey and Albert Bandura
6. Gender Socialization: A Parent x Child Model, Eva M. Pomerantz, Florrie Fei-Yin Ng, and Qian Wang
7. Psychoanalytic Theories of Gender, Leslie C. Bell
8. Gender Differences in Relational and Collective Interdependence: Implications for Self-Views, Social Behavior, and Subjective Well-Being, Wendi L. Gardner and Shira Gabriel
9. On the Construction of Gender, Sex, and Sexualities, Jeanne Marecek, Mary Crawford, and Danielle Popp
10. Gender as Status: An Expectations States Theory Approach, Cecilia L. Ridgeway and Chris Bourg
11. The Bases of Gendered Power, Felicia Pratto and Angela Walker
12. Social Role Theory of Sex Differences and Similarities: Implications for the Partner Preferences of Women and Men, Alice H. Eagly, Wendy Wood, and Mary C. Johannesen-Schmidt
13. Cultural Diversity and Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Deborah L. Best and Jennifer J. Thomas
14. Sex Changes: A Current Perspective on the Psychology of Gender, Marianne LaFrance, Elizabeth Levy Paluck, and Victoria Brescoll

View More



Alice H. Eagly, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and faculty fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Dr. Eagly is particularly known for her research on the psychology of gender and the psychology of attitudes. She has received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Donald Campbell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Social Psychology from the Society for Social and Personality Psychology.

Anne E. Beall, PhD, is President of Beall Research and Training, a firm that applies principles and findings from psychology to the business world. Dr. Beall conducts training seminars on gender, nonverbal communication, persuasion, sales, and detecting deception. She also conducts marketing research on a variety of strategic business issues. She has held positions at The Boston Consulting Group and National Analysts, and has written book chapters and articles about emotional expression, consumer psychology, and marketing.

Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, is IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale University. He has published over 950 books, articles, and book chapters, and was the 2003 President of the American Psychological Association.


"It is rare to see a volume that does justice to the diversity of approaches to the psychology of gender. The Psychology of Gender, Second Edition, encompasses biological, psychological, sociological, and cultural approaches to central issues in a rapidly developing field, showcasing the increasing maturity of theory and research. From the discussion of biological influences in gender as fluid and dynamic, to the enhanced coverage of the subtle influences of power and status on gender differences and similarities, the volume will challenge students' preconceptions and open their eyes to the ways in which gender structures our social world."--Peter Glick, PhD, Department of Psychology, Lawrence University

"This stimulating, rich volume reflects the full array of gender theories, from hormones and evolution to socialization, social roles, identity, and culture. Classroom instructors, students of gender, and colleagues catching up on the latest research in this popular area will all find this second edition an invaluable, provocative resource."--Susan T. Fiske, PhD, Department of Psychology, Princeton University

"This second edition expands its scope beyond its original emphasis on biology, evolution, and socialization to embrace more fully the social context in which gender is enacted and perceived. Offering a comprehensive exploration of the psychology of gender, the volume promises to serve as a solid basic text for graduate studies as well as a resource for scholars in the field."--Jan Yoder, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Akron
"I use The Psychology of Gender as a recommended text in 'Clinical Practice with Women,' an advanced graduate clinical social work class. This book provides a research-based scientific and theoretical overview of the role of gender--psychologically, physiologically, socially, and culturally--and I find it a helpful framework for our students."--Shoshana Ringel, MSW, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore