Reproductive Issues, Including Menopause

  • Mary Brown Parlee
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


Scientific and clinical knowledge about the psychology of female reproduction has expanded rapidly over the past 15 years. Not only is there more research on the psychology of menstruation, pregnancy, birth, and menopause, it is better: more grounded in empirical data and more reflective of the complexity of the phenomena.1


Menstrual Cycle Reproductive Biology Postpartum Depression Menopausal Symptom Biological Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Brown Parlee
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for the Study of Women and Society, Graduate School and University CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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