This cutting-edge and comprehensive fourth edition of Women’s Lives: A Psychological Perspective integrates the most current research and social issues to explore the psychological diversity of girls and women varying in age, ethnicity, social class, nationality, sexual orientation, and ableness. Written in an engaging and accessible manner, its use of vignettes, quotes, and numerous pedagogical tools effectively fosters students’ engagement, active learning, critical thinking, and social activism.
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Women’s Lives stands apart from other texts on the psychology of women because it embeds within each topical chapter a lifespan approach and robust coverage of the impact of social, cultural, and economic factors in shaping women’s lives around the world. It provides extensive information on women with disabilities, middle-aged and older women, and women in transnational contexts.
Its up-to-date coverage reflects current scientific and social developments, including over 2,200 new references. This edition also adds several new boxed features for student engagement. In The News boxes present current, often controversial, news items to get students thinking critically about real-life applications of course topics. Get Involved boxes encourage students to actively participate in the research process. What You Can Do boxes give students applied activities to promote a more egalitarian society. Learn About the Research boxes expose students to a variety of research methods and highlight the importance of diversity in research samples by including studies of underrepresented groups.
‘Etaugh and Bridges once again bring a valuable lifespan perspective to the study of the behavior and psychological experience of women. It is one of the most compelling aspects of their treatment of the psychology of women and they sensitively and expertly explore this perspective across women and girls diverse in social class, race, ethnicity, ability, national origin, and sexual orientation and identity.’ - Donna Castañeda, San Diego State University-Imperial Valley, USA
‘This is a very engaging and comprehensive textbook. One of its strengths is that the psychology of women is explored from varying cultural perspectives (such as sexual orientation, age, ableness and socio-economic status) within a lens of intersectionality. Many features can be used for class discussions and course assignments.’ - Sonya Corbin Dwyer, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
‘Etaugh and Bridges present a thorough, balanced, global perspective on women that is grounded in research. In addition to presenting current information, the authors use pedagogical tools that students will find both engaging and informative. The lifespan approach within each chapter allows readers to delve into topics and issues as they are experienced by women of all ages.’ - Robin Kowalski, Clemson University, USA
Preface. 1. Introduction to the Psychology of Women 2. Cultural Representation of Gender 3. Gender Self-Concept and Gender Attitudes 4. Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence 5. Gender Comparisons 6. Sexuality 7. Reproductive System and Childbearing 8. Relationships 9. Education and Achievement 10. Employment 11. Balancing Family and Work 12. Physical Health 13. Mental Health 14. Violence Against Girls and Women 15. A Feminist Future: Goals, Actions, and Beliefs