Psychology of Gender

Psychology of Gender

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For upper-level undergraduate/ graduate-level gender-focused courses in Psychology, Sociology, Women's Studies, and Gender Studies. Unlike other gender texts-this text focuses equally on both men and women, drawing from the empirical research and conceptual discussions surrounding gender in the areas of psychology, sociology, anthropology, medicine, and public health. It reviews the research from multiple perspectives, but emphasizes the implications of social roles, status, and gender-related traits, particularly for relationships and health-areas that are central to students' lives and that have a great impact on their day-to-day functioning.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 704 pages
  • 190 x 230 x 26mm | 1,061.41g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0131147269
  • 9780131147263
  • 2,015,867

About Vicki S. Helgeson

Vicki S. Helgeson, an accomplished scholar and teacher at Carnegie Mellon University, draws from research in the areas of psychology, sociology, anthropology, medicine, and public health to explore the roles that society has assigned to men and women, with a particular emphasis on the implications of gender for relationships and health.show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction. Definition of Terms. Cultural Differences in the Construal of Gender. The Scientific Method. Difficulties in Conducting Research on Gender. Philosophical and Political Issues Surrounding Gender. This Book's Approach to the Study of Gender. Summary. Discussion Questions. Suggested Reading. Key Terms. 2. Conceptualization and Measurement of Gender Roles and Gender Role Attitudes. History of the Psychology of Gender. Gender-Role Attitudes. Summary. Discussion Questions. Suggested Reading. Key Terms. 3. Sex-Related Comparisons: Observations. Sex Comparisons in Cognitive Abilities. Sex Comparisons in Social Domains. Sex Comparisons in Emotion. Sex Comparisons in Moral Development. Sex Comparisons in Social Development. Summary. Discussion Questions. Suggested Reading. Key Terms. 4. Sex-Related Comparisons: Theory. Biology. Evolutionary Theory and Sociobiology. Psychoanalytic Theory. Social Learning Theory. Gender-Role Socialization. Social Role Theory. Cognitive Development Theory. Gender Schema Theory. Considering the Context: Deaux and Major's Model. Constructionist and Postmodern Perspectives. Summary. Discussion Questions. Suggested Reading. Key Terms. 5. Aggression. Aggression/Violence. Theories of Aggression. Rape and Other Forms of Sexual Coercion. Domestic Abuse. Sexual Harassment. Summary. Discussion Questions. Suggested Reading. Key Terms. 6. Achievement. Individual Difference Factors. Social Factors. Summary. Discussion Questions. Suggested Reading. Key Terms. 7. Communication. Interaction Styles in Childhood. Interaction Styles in Adulthood. Language. Nonverbal Behavior. Influenceability. Explanations for Sex Differences in Communication. Leadership. Support Provision in Interactions. Summary. Discussion Questions. Suggested Reading. Key Terms. 8. Friendship. Network Size. The Nature of Friendship. Closeness of Friendship. Barriers to Closeness in Male Friendship. Self-Disclosure. Definition of Intimacy. Conflict in Friendship. Changes over the Life Span. Cross-Sex Friendship. Friendship at Work. Friendships of Lesbians and Gay Men. Summary. Discussion Questions. Suggested Reading. Key Terms. 9. Romantic Relationships. Relationship Development. The Nature of Romantic Relationships. Maintaining Relationships. Conflict. Gay and Lesbian Relationships. Cohabiting Relationships. Summary. Discussion Questions. Suggested Reading. Key Terms. 10. Sex Differences in Health: Evidence and Explanations. Sex Differences in Mortality. Sex Differences in Morbidity. Explanations for Sex Differences in Health. Biology. Socioeconomic Status. Artifacts. Health Behaviors. Men's and Women's Social Roles. Symptom Perception. Illness Behavior. Conclusions. Summary. Discussion Questions. Suggested Reading. Key Terms. 11. Relationships and Health. Effects of Marriage on Health. Effect of Bereavement on Health. Effect of Relationship Dissolution on Health. Effect of Marital Quality on Health. Division of Labor. Parenting and Health. Effect of Social Support on Health. Summary. Discussion Questions. Suggested Reading. Key Terms. 12. Work Roles and Health. Work Role. Quality of Work Role. Discrimination. The Multiple Roles Question. Role Buffering and Role Exacerbation. Summary. Discussion Questions. Suggested Reading. Key Terms. 13. Mental Health. Sex Differences in Depression. Methodological Artifacts. Theories of Depression. Challenges of Adolescence. Adjustment to Chronic Illness. Eating Disorders. Suicide. Summary. Discussion Questions. Suggested Reading. Key Terms.show more

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"A focus on gender rather than a focus on men or women is a much needed innovation. It is hard to find a book that combines information on both genders this well." - Diana I. Cordova, Ph.D., Yale University "The author's writing style is not only clear and understandable, but more importantly, it is not biased." - Edward F. Garrido, The University of Houston "'Psychology of Gender' will be my first choice for some time to come. I can't explain how many different ways I was able to use the text and stimulate discussion on presented research." - William R. Holt, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth "There are not many textbooks that I have been assigned to that I have found the least bit interesting throughout school. This book is different. The writing style of the author is impressive... This may be the first book in college that I do not throw away or ,sell back!" - A Student at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth "My students have been critical of other texts that I have used which did not present both sides of major issues in various areas. However Helgeson seems to present multiple sides in a way that encourages critical thinking on the part of students." - Deanna R. Riveira, College of the Canyonsshow more

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