The Woman Patient

Aggression, Adaptations, and Psychotherapy

  • Malkah T. Notman
  • Carol C. Nadelson

Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Aspects of Aggression and Violence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carol C. Nadelson, Malkah T. Notman
      Pages 3-16
    3. Carol C. Nadelson, Malkah T. Notman, Jean Baker Miller, Joan Zilbach
      Pages 17-28
    4. E. P. Benedek, G. A. Farley
      Pages 29-46
    5. Elaine Hilberman Carmen
      Pages 47-64
    6. Veronica Tisza
      Pages 65-82
    7. Mirjam Mathe, Nancy Rudes
      Pages 83-94
    8. Susan M. Fisher, Irving Hurwitz
      Pages 95-114
  3. Symptom Formation and Illustrative Symptoms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Theodore Nadelson
      Pages 133-146
    3. Rochelle Friedman, Karen A. Cohen
      Pages 173-187
    4. Myrna M. Weissman, Gerald L. Klerman
      Pages 189-200
    5. Berit Helöe, Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg
      Pages 201-216
    6. Barbara S. McCrady
      Pages 217-244
  4. Therapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Lewis A. Kirshner, Stuart T. Hauser, Abraham Genack
      Pages 263-272
    3. Harriet E. Lerner
      Pages 273-286
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 301-314

About this book


This volume continues some of the issues raised in Volume 2 and fo­ cuses more closely on therapeutic intervention. The theoretical discus­ sion of aggression provides a background for the presentation of pat­ terns of aggression and violence affecting women, as well as possible connections between physical and emotional symptoms and indirect expressions of aggression. The section on aggression against and by women is an extension of some of the content of The Woman Patient, Volume 1 (e. g. , the chapter on rape). Theoretical and clinical views that are not often linked in this fashion are included here because we are interested in understanding the development of a self-concept that incorporates the constructive aspects of "aggression" as well as an un­ derstanding of violence. In this context, loss, abandonment, delin­ quency, and child and adolescent suicide are also extensions of these issues. The chapters that follow address aspects of symptom formation and concepts of illness. There is, as yet, no definitive explanation for why women experience certain illness patterns more or less than men. Current considerations have been reviewed, but these do not answer. They are a beginning on which we must build. It is apparent that any discussion of these subjects better elucidates the complexity if it in­ cludes an intermingling of general problems with concrete symptoms. Those specific problems that are usually thought of as psychological such as depression, and behaviors (such as substance abuse) provide a focus for understanding wider issues.


aggression depression emotion intervention suicide women

Editors and affiliations

  • Malkah T. Notman
    • 1
  • Carol C. Nadelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Tufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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