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Understanding Women in Distress - Pamela Ashurst

Understanding Women in Distress

Paperback Published: 7th September 1989
ISBN: 9780415018333
Number Of Pages: 248

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Women are usually more in touch with their emotions than men and more readily seek help from professional sources when they encounter stress. The response they meet from doctors and other helping professionals at this point can be vital in determining the best outcome for them. Drs Ashurst and Hall have written this book as a contribution towards a better understanding of the psychological aspects of women's health problems. First of all, the authors give an account of how distress is caused, how it is translated into symptoms, and how it can be relieved by psychotherapy. Then, in Part One, they consider the biological, familial, and psychological factors promoting the development of a woman's identity throughout the various stages of her life. Part Two looks at deviations from and failures of this normal development and the life traumas which threaten feminine identity. The chapters are ordered so that they reflect the sequence of events in a woman's life cycle. The book is illustrated throughout with clinical examples and is written in language which makes it accessible to a lay as well as a professional audience.

"[The authors] bring their own insights and interpretations to the many predicaments . . . which women are now encountering. This book will be valuable not only to professionals but to all those who seek to understand more about their fellow human beings and about themselves." -Dr. J. L. T. Birley, President, The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Foreword
Introduction
Womanhood
Understanding Distress: the development and relief of symptoms
Woman's Role and Identity: biological and sociological influence
The Development of Feminine Identity and Sexuality
On Becoming a Mother: psychodynamic issues of adolescence, mating and parenthood Dinora Pines
Bonding and Rejection
Distressed Womanhood
Hungry Womanhood: eating disorders
Womanhood Despoiled: childhood sexual abuse
Lesbian Womanhood
Childless Womanhood
Barren Womanhood: psychological aspects of infertility George Christie and Mike Pawson
Motherhood Thwarted: miscarriage, stillbirth and adoption
Motherhood Bereft: loss of a child
Motherhood Disappointed: the imperfect child
Motherhood Depressed
Perverse Womanhood: physical and psychological child abuse
Bereft Womanhood: bereavement and widowhood
Pairing and Parting: divorce and remarriage
Single Motherhood Jane Price
Step Motherhood Gill Gorell-Barnes
Femininity assaulted: hysterectomy, gynaecological malignancy and mastectomy
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ISBN: 9780415018333
ISBN-10: 0415018331
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 7th September 1989
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1