Women’s Progress

Promises and Problems

  • Jeanne Spurlock
  • Carolyn B. Robinowitz

Part of the Women in Context book series (WICO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Jeanne Spurlock, Carolyn B. Robinowitz
      Pages 1-6
  3. Some Family Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Jeanne Spurlock
      Pages 23-33
  4. Families of Adoption

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Louisa Rogoff-Thompson, James W. Thompson
      Pages 61-74
    3. S. Peter Kim
      Pages 75-88
  5. Parenting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Ruth L. Fuller
      Pages 91-108
    3. Mary S. Akerley
      Pages 109-116
    4. Norman R. Bernstein
      Pages 117-129
  6. Women with Extraordinary Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Peggy Dulany
      Pages 133-142
    3. Virginia N. Wilking
      Pages 143-157
    4. Elissa P. Benedek
      Pages 159-171
    5. Janice Hutchinson
      Pages 173-188
    6. Leona L. Bachrach
      Pages 189-201
  7. Sexual Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Martha J. Kirkpatrick
      Pages 205-222
    3. Thomas G. Webster
      Pages 223-252
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 253-258

About this book


Now, 25 years into our country's most recent "women's movement" for equality, it is appropriate to reexamine the social and cultural experiences of women. Thanks to the media, researchers, clinicians, and the general public, all are aware that women have been unable to realize many of their goals. At times, distress rather than satisfaction and rejection and disap­ pointment rather than contentment have been the result of the ongoing struggle of women to achieve change-the change in attitudes, behavior, and values necessary to broaden the personal choices and work options open to women. Nationally recognized authorities on several of the sociocultural issues addressed in this volume, the editors invited noted scholars and clinicians to study some of those issues particularly relevant to women. These include frequently neglected topics, such as the multiplicity of responsibilities of single women and the spectrum of mothering roles, and those more commonly discussed, such as the various roles and patterns in the family, work options and burdens, and interpersonal relationships. The volume provides insightful detail on two prominent and poignant problems of the 1980s-the causes and repercussions of homelessness and sexual life-styles. Such material may facilitate under­ standing and serve as a catalyst for positive action.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jeanne Spurlock
    • 1
  • Carolyn B. Robinowitz
    • 1
  1. 1.American Psychiatric AssociationUSA

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