By Florence L. Denmark, Michele A. Paludi

The staff that produced the 1st version of this entire handbook—reviewed because the definitive reference and a unprecedented device for examine on women's psychology—updates and expands the content material to incorporate the most recent and breaking learn during this younger box. With greater than 50 percentage of the content material new in comparison to the 1993 version, this may be of huge curiosity to scholars and students of women's psychology.

Written through greater than a dozen of the main eminent psychologists during this box, the chapters contain historic advancements within the research of the psychology of ladies, insights into women's psychology at phases from perception to senior years, gender stereotypes, and women's friendships, in addition to romantic relationships. Chapters additionally tackle women's overall healthiness concerns from premenstrual syndrome to rape, intimate companion violence and sexual harassment. Women's paintings life—from success to occupation improvement and the mixing of labor and kin roles—is additionally included.

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By the 1970s, books finally began to appear in the psychology of women. Judith Bardwick (1970) published the first book titled The Psychology of Women, soon followed by Julia Sherman’s (1971) in-depth analysis On the Psychology of Women and H. Baer and Carolyn Sherif’s (1974) A Topical Bibliography on the Psychology of Women. In mid-decade, Rhoda Unger and Florence L. Denmark (1975) edited the first issue-oriented reader in the field, containing original as well as reprinted articles. Also, in 1975, Martha Mednick and Hilda Weissman (1975) noted the growth of the psychology of women by reviewing pertinent topics in the Annual Review of Psychology.

Horney was the first of Freud’s students to break from him on the issue of pre-Oedipal injury resulting in neurosis. ’’ Pre-Oedipal injury, according to Horney, results when a child perceives herself or himself as being helpless in a hostile environment; ‘‘instead of developing a basic confidence in self and others the child develops basic anxiety’’ (Horney, 1950, p. 366). The child puts a check on spontaneous feelings because of a need to relieve basic anxiety. Above all, there exists a need to feel safe.

Although some articles appeared in the 1950s that were relevant to the psychology of women, they were few and far between. During the 1960s, one of the authors of this chapter (Florence L. Denmark) continued a study on women and leadership that she began as an undergraduate and later completed and published (Denmark & Diggory, 1966). This study found that women were less authoritarian than male leaders and that women followers did not conform any more than their male counterparts to their leaders’ viewpoints.

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