Health Care for Women: Psychological, Social, and Behavioral Influences
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
This volume integrates psychosocial, behavioral, and medical perspectives to encourage health promotion and disease prevention for women. Accounting for the social and behavioral context of women's lives, the authors review the factors that disproportionately affect women, such as domestic violence, multiple roles, and lower socioeconomic status. Specific assessment techniques are outlined to help health care practitioners identify conditions that are frequently misdiagnosed in women.
Life-style factors that affect the health of women throughout the life span are discussed. Additional chapters are devoted to the life-threatening and chronic conditions affecting women, including cardiovascular disease, HIV infection, breast cancer, and recurrent headaches. Readers will be guided in understanding how women cope with these conditions, and advised on ways to promote well-being in women who are suffering from these illnesses.
Medical educators, physicians, nurses, medical social workers, and health and clinical psychologists will find this handbook a valuable and comprehensive resource on the social and behavioral factors that influence women's health.
List of Contributors
I. Women's Health in Context
- Women's Health Care: Federal Initiatives, Policies, and Directions
—Susan J. Blumenthal and Susan F. Wood
- Socioeconomic Status and Women's Health
—Nancy E. Adler and Marilee Coriell
- Psychosocial Factors and Women's Health: Integrating Mind, Heart, and Body
—Ann O'Leary and Vicki S. Helgeson
- Impact of Violence on Women's Health
—Mary Ann Dutton, Yolanda Haywood, and Gigi El-Bayoumi
- Gender Differences in Patient–Physician Communication
—Debra L. Roter and Judith A. Hall
II. Lifestyle Factors and Health
- Alcohol Problems in Women: Risk Factors, Consequences, and Treatment Strategies
—Nancy D. Vogeltanz and Sharon C. Wilsnack
- Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders
—Kathleen M. Pike and Ruth H. Striegel-Moore
—Rena R. Wing and Mary Lou Klem
- Physical Activity and Women's Health: Issues and Future Directions
—Abby C. King and Michaela Kiernan
- Occupational Stress and Women's Health
—Naomi G. Swanson, Chaya S. Piotrkowski, Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, and Ami B. Becker
III. Responses to Life Cycle Challenges
- Combining Work and Family
—Nancy L. Marshall
- Psychosocial Aspects of Childbirth
—M. Robin DiMatteo and Katherine L. Kahn
- Fertility Problems: Complex Issues Faced by Women and Couples
—Lauri A. Pasch and Christine Dunkel-Schetter
- Premenstrual Syndrome and Menopause
—Paula S. Derry, Sheryle J. Gallant, and Nancy F. Woods
- The Challenges of Aging
—Royda Crose, Elaine A. Leventhal, Marie R. Haug, and Edith A. Burns
IV. Selected Life-Threatening and Chronic Conditions
- Depression and Anxiety Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment in Primary Care Practice
—Charlotte Brown and Herbert C. Schulberg
- The Influence of Behavioral and Psychosocial Factors on Cardiovascular Health in Women
—Sarah S. Knox and Susan Czajkowski
- HIV Infection and AIDS
—Patricia J. Morokoff, Vickie M. Mays, and Helen L. Coons
- Breast Cancer: Psychosocial Factors Influencing Risk Perception, Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
—Reneé Royak-Schaler, Annette L. Stanton, and Sharon Danoff-Burg
- Psychosocial Factors Associated With Gynecological Cancers
—Electra D. Paskett and Robert Michielutte
- Rheumatic Disease and Women's Health
—Brenda M. DeVellis, Tracey A. Revenson, and Susan J. Blalock
- Diabetes: The Challenge of Maintaining Glycemic Control
—Betsy A. Polley and Rena R. Wing
- Recurrent Headache Disorders
—Kenneth A. Holroyd and Gay L. Lipchik
V. New Directions in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- Individual Interventions: Stages of Change and Other Health Behavior Models—The Example of Smoking Cessation
—Robin J. Mermelstein
- Community-Based Prevention Studies: Intervention Lessons for Women
—Carol A. Derby, Marilyn A. Winkleby, Kate L. Lapane, and Elaine J. Stone
About the Editors
Sheryle J. Gallant, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Kansas. In her research she has focused on conceptual and methodological issues in the assessment of mood and behavior changes during the menstrual cycle and biopsychosocial correlates of premenstrual syndrome. In her most recent work, she examined problematic aspects of diagnosing premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and the role of stress, coping, and relationship factors in the experience of PMDD.
Dr. Gallant was chair of APA's 1994 national conference "Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors in Women's Health: Creating an Agenda for the 21st Century."
Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD, is the Director of Women's Programs and Associate Executive Director of the Public Interest Directorate of the APA. Her work has focused on issues affecting women and ethnic minorities, especially violence against women, mental health of ethnic minority women, and occupational stress and workplace wellness.
Dr. Keita was project director of APA's 1994 and 1996 national conferences, "Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors in Women's Health: Creating an Agenda for the 21st Century" and "Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors in Women's Health: Research, Prevention, Treatment, and Service Delivery in Clinical and Community Settings," respectively.
Reneé Royak-Schaler, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, and a Research Associate at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.
Since 1988, her research has focused on perceptions of breast cancer risk, risk knowledge, and the process of making informed screening decisions among women who have family histories of breast cancer. A current project, the PARTNERS in Breast Cancer Education Program, will evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention conducted through the African American churches in promoting risk understanding, prompt symptom care, and communication with physicians among 40–49 year old women.
Dr. Royak-Schaler served as Program Chair of APA's 1994 Conference, "Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors in Women's Health: Creating an Agenda for the 21st Century."