Research on Gender and Psychotherapy

  • Lewis A. Kirshner
  • Stuart T. Hauser
  • Abraham Genack
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


Although psychotherapists, at least since the time of Freud, have recognized and written about the importance of gender, until recently the sex of therapist and/or patient has not received much systematic attention in psychotherapy research. In their view of the literature on adult sex roles and mental illness, Gove and Tudor concluded that, “Sex acts as a master status, channeling one into particular roles and determining the quality of one’s interaction with others.”1 At this point, however, the effects of these roles on the quantitative and qualitative aspects of psychotherapy remain poorly understood and to a degree controversial. In this chapter, we examine some of the relevant psychotherapy research, including our own work, and its implications for psychotherapy theory and practice.


Gender Stereotype Harvard Medical School Female Therapist Master Status Male Therapist 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lewis A. Kirshner
    • 1
  • Stuart T. Hauser
    • 2
  • Abraham Genack
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHarvard Medical School and Mount Auburn HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryHarvard Medical School and Massachusetts Mental Health CenterBostonUSA

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