The Gender Gap in Psychotherapy

Social Realities and Psychological Processes

  • Patricia Perri Rieker
  • Elaine (Hilberman) Carmen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Values, Inequality, and Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Alan A. Stone
      Pages 5-14
    3. Seymour L. Halleck
      Pages 15-16
    4. Elaine (Hilberman) Carmen, Nancy Felipe Russo, Jean Baker Miller
      Pages 17-39
  3. Social Structures and Psychological Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-43
    2. Jean Baker Miller
      Pages 45-51
    3. Rosabeth Moss Kanter
      Pages 53-78
    4. Sharon S. Mayes
      Pages 91-103
  4. Some Clinical Consequences of Inequality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Suppression of Autonomy and Denial of Dependency

      1. Harriet E. Lerner
        Pages 111-124
      2. Harriet E. Lerner
        Pages 125-134
    3. Restricted Sex Roles and Covert Conflicts

      1. Marlene Boskind-Lodahl
        Pages 167-180
      2. Robert A. Lewis
        Pages 181-193
    4. Violence and Psychiatric Disorders

      1. Elaine (Hilberman) Carmen, Patricia Perri Rieker, Trudy Mills
        Pages 199-211
      2. Judith Herman, Lisa Hirschman
        Pages 237-258

About this book


This collection of readings is designed to clarify the relationship between social structures and psychological processes. Our awareness of the need for such a book derives from our extensive experiences in teaching a for­ mal course for mental health professionals on gender and psychother­ apy. The material in this anthology emphasizes the clinical implications of the new research and knowledge that has changed our understanding of the psychological development of women and men. Throughout the book, we present ideas that challenge conventional explanations of psy­ chological distress in women and men and suggest alternative concep­ tualizations of these processes. As will be evident, our work is informed by and contributes to the growing field of knowledge produced by feminist scholars over the last decade. That this book on gender has more to say about women reflects the existence of a substantial body of research that reconceptualizes women's psychology. The corresponding research on men is still in its formative stages, due in part to the later development of a men's move­ ment. Although many of the chapters focus on women, we have attempted in our discussion to consider the implications for men. We believe that the fundamental processes explored in this book are relevant to the understanding of both women and men.


Design Nation gender knowledge psychology stress women

Editors and affiliations

  • Patricia Perri Rieker
    • 1
  • Elaine (Hilberman) Carmen
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber Cancer InstituteBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of North Carolina School of MedicineChapel HillUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-4756-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-4754-5
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