Women and Mental Disorders

by Paula K. Lundberg-Love, Kevin L. Nadal, and Michele A. Paludi, Editors
Foreword by Ellen Cole


Women in the United States are diagnosed with mental disorders at a far greater rate than men. Depression, anxiety, agoraphobia, and eating disorders appear to disproportionately strike women, as obviously do such female-only conditions as postpartum psychosis. Is it just that women are more likely to seek care and have their disorders recognized, or do the statistics reflect deeper disparities?

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November 2011


Pages 815
Volumes 4
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/Gender

For too long, studies lumped women's mental health with that of men, notwithstanding profound differences. This groundbreaking work decisively addresses that oversight as a team of expert scholars and therapists spotlights common female mental disorders, explores the causes, and explains available therapies.

In the last two decades, feminist therapists and scholars have called for new models of mental health that value women and femininity. To that end, the four-volume Women and Mental Disorders brings together recent research and theory to explore its subject from a feminist perspective. This exhaustive set treats every aspect of women's mental health, from diagnoses to treatment.

Underlying the entire work is an awareness of varying cultural definitions of mental health and the importance of understanding a woman's cultural background if treatment is to be respectful and successful. Special attention is also paid to women who have been victims of violence, whether in intimate relationships, the workplace, or at school, and to how these experiences impact mental and physical health, self-concept, interpersonal relationships, and career development. Approaches to treating women with eating disorders, agoraphobia, anxiety and depression, PTSD, and personality disorders are covered as well. Finally, the set provides resources to help readers address their own needs or those of friends and family.


  • Contributions from over 80 distinguished researchers and therapists
  • 40 original essays on all aspects of the subject
  • Bibliographic references at the end of each chapter
  • Name and subject indexes in each volume


  • Looks at common mental disorders in women of all ages, cultures, and sexual orientations
  • Encompasses up-to-date research on etiology, diagnoses, and treatment of women's mental disorders
  • Explores causes rooted in abuse, crime, and sexual victimization
  • Highlights women's unique experiences that contribute to mental disorders, including multiple roles, menstruation, menopause, and pregnancy
Author Info

Paula K. Lundberg-Love, PhD, is professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Tyler. She is an expert in the treatment of adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Her published works include ABC-CLIO's "Intimate" Violence against Women: When Spouses, Partners, or Lovers Attack and Violence and Sexual Abuse at Home: Current Issues in Spousal Battering and Child Maltreatment.

Kevin L. Nadal, PhD, is assistant professor of psychology and mental health counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, NY. He is the author of Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice and Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives.

Michele A. Paludi is president of Human Resources Management Solutions and participating faculty at Union Graduate College, Schenectady, NY. Paludi is series editor for Praeger's Women's Psychology and Women and Careers in Management and has authored or edited 38 texts on workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, psychology of women, workplace violence, and campus violence. Her book Ivory Power: Sexual Harassment on Campus received the 1992 Myers Center Award for Outstanding Titles in Human Rights. She was recently named "Woman of the Year" by the Schenectady Business & Professional Women's club and is currently the Elihu Root Peace Fund Professor in Women's Studies at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY.



"The four books are interesting, important, well researched, and comprehensively referenced."PsycCRITIQUES

"The editors and contributors are widely recognized scholars in the fields of women's mental health and feminist psychology, and this set will serve as a comprehensive resource on the subject of women's mental disorders. Summing up: Highly recommended."Choice

"This set presents valuable summaries and analyses of academic research and theory. It will appeal to individuals interested in psychology, women's studies, and sociology; recommended for academic collections."Library Journal

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