Personality and Psychopathology

Feminist Reappraisals

Edited by Laura S. Brown and Mary Ballou

April 1, 1994
ISBN 9780898625004
Price: $39.00
272 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
Copyright Date: 1992
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Synthesizing decades of feminist thinking, this volume presents original critiques of mainstream theories of personality and psychopathology. Part I examines the limitations that underlie traditional views of human nature, including their lack of accounting for the contextual and structural forces that affect human development. Part II homes in on traditional views of mental health and disorder. Addressing several large categories of psychopathology—depression, schizophrenia, agoraphobia, personality disorders, and trauma—chapters provide a feminist alternative to prevailing conceptualizations. Questioning the very foundations of our ideas about maladaptive behavior, authors argue for building new models that define distress in a more complex, contextual manner. This book presents a pioneering feminist perspective on the theoretical and conceptual foundations of treatment. It is indispensable reading for therapists of all disciplines, and serves as a text for upper-level courses in personality, psychopathology, and the psychology of women.