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Women's Mental Health Across the Lifespan
Challenges, Vulnerabilities, and Strengths

ISBN 9781138182745
Published March 23, 2017 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan examines women’s mental health from a developmental perspective, looking at key stressors and strengths from adolescence to old age. Chapters focus in detail on specific stressors and challenges that can impact women’s mental health, such as trauma, addictions, and mood and anxiety disorders. This book also examines racial and ethnic disparities in women’s physical and mental health, mental health of sexual minorities and women with disabilities, and women in the military, and includes valuable suggestions for putting knowledge into practice.

Table of Contents

Series Editor Foreword


Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett


Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett and Lesia M. Ruglass

Author Bios


Section I: Women's Mental Health in Lifespan Perspective

Chapter 1

Mental Health of Women: A Focus on Adolescent Girls

Tia R. Dole

Chapter 2

Women’s Mental Health and Reproductive Events During Young Adulthood (ages 20-39)

Diana Lynn Barnes

Chapter 3

Women at Midlife

Maria Espinola, helen DeVinney, and Arlene (Lu) Steinberg

Chapter 4

Older Women's Mental Health

Zhen Cong and Yaolin Pei

Section II: Diversity Issues In Women’s Mental Health

Chapter 5

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Women’s Mental Health

Linda Cedeno and Lesia M. Ruglass

Chapter 6

The Impact of Sexual and Gender Diversity on Women’s Mental Health

Jessica Punzo

Chapter 7

Leveraging Integrated Health Services to Promote Behavioral Health Among Women with Disabilities

Colleen Clemency Cordes, Rebecca P. Cameron, Ethan Eisen, Alette Coble-Temple, and Linda R. Mona

Chapter 8

Women in the Military

Jackie Hammelman

Section III: Specific Disorders Related to Women's Mental Health

Chapter 9

Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Women

Kimberly D. Thompson

Chapter 10

Women, Trauma, and PTSD

Teresa López-Castro, Tanya Saraiya, and Denise A. Hien

Chapter 11

Women and Substance Use Disorders

Aimee N. C. Campbell and Margaret Wolff


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Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA, is a health psychologist, board certified lactation consultant, and fellow of the American Psychological Association in both health and trauma psychology. Dr. Kendall-Tackett focuses on women's health with an emphasis on health effects of violence and abuse, trauma and PTSD, maternal depression, and breastfeeding. She is editor in chief of Praeclarus Press and of two peer-reviewed journals: Psychological Trauma and Clinical Lactation.

Lesia M. Ruglass, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the City College of New York, where she also directs the OASAS-certified Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) program. She is currently member at large and co-chair of the diversity and multicultural committee of the American Psychological Association's Division of Trauma Psychology. Dr. Ruglass also maintains a private practice in New York City.


"Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and Lesia Ruglass have edited a must-have book for all mental health practitioners. The scope of women’s mental health issues covered is truly expansive, starting with the mental health of adolescent girls and continuing through the lifespan of women. What a gift this book will be for all women who will benefit from the knowledge their mental health clinicians will gain from reading this valuable book."

Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut

"For many years, the biomedical model has failed to describe contextual factors that shape women’s health development. By integrating science and practice with a developmental perspective that takes into consideration cultural issues affecting women’s health, this book achieves just that. The authors address vital topics that could help address health disparities in women, such as the problem with overgeneralized results, the impact of racism on health, and the different cultural expressions of distress."

Sandra Mattar, PsyD, supervisor, Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine

"These expert clinician scholars focus on how the intersections of development, culture, and social standpoint affect women’s mental well-being. They attend to resilience, self-esteem, and self-efficacy, as well as difficulty and morbidity. Taken as a whole, this book presents textured interpretations of research findings—from prevalence, to risk and protective factors, to evidence-based interventions—in a coherent translation to practice." 

Julia S. Seng, PhD, CNM, FAAN, professor of nursing, obstetrics, and women’s studies, University of Michigan

"This volume is a rich and comprehensive source of information on the broad topic of women’s mental health. An all-star line-up of scholars from academia and from the private practice of clinical psychology review the scientific literature on the unique challenges faced by women of different ages, ethnicities, socio-economic circumstances, occupations, abilities/disabilities, and gender identification. The authors share their expertise and experience in their highly readable and informative styles. Thanks to editors Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and Lesia Ruglass for this outstanding contribution!"

Penny Simkin, PT, educator, author of When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women