Psychology of Women
A Handbook of Issues and Theories, 3rd Edition
by Florence L. Denmark and Michele A. Paludi, Editors
September 2017, 455pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4228-3
$95, £74, 83€, A131
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Important topics within the general subject of psychology of women include achievement, career development and leadership, women minority groups, and sexual harassment and violence against women.

Updated with findings from the latest research, this contributed work on the psychology of women covers global initiatives, theories, and practical applications in various settings. It also addresses best practices of feminist methodologies and teaching psychology of women courses.

As societal gender standards continue to shift and the capabilities, strengths, and needs of women become more widely acknowledged and prioritized—even as myths regarding women’s leadership, health, and work behavior persist—it becomes increasingly important to understand the psychology of women. This third edition of Psychology of Women provides updated and expanded coverage of this highly significant and relevant subject through diverse perspectives of internationally known scholars in their disciplines, offering synopses of recent research and examinations of key theoretical issues, global initiatives, and practical applications in the workplace, therapy, and educational settings.

A resource ideally suited to students in women’s studies and the psychology of women as well as for use as a handbook for scholars, faculty members, and specialists in fields relating to the psychology of women, the book covers specific topics such as women in middle age, women’s career development and challenges in integrating work and family roles, and the ongoing problem of violence against women. This latest edition also includes best practices of feminist methodologies and information regarding teaching psychology of women courses, and it emphasizes placing value on all women, including women of color, women with disabilities, and lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women.


  • Presents the latest empirical research findings, global initiatives, and theories on women's psychology
  • Dispels myths about women's career development, mental illness, women leaders, and women's achievements
  • Challenges traditional views of women's mental health and physical health by presenting objective data in these areas
  • Offers recommendations for feminist therapy and physical health issues
Florence L. Denmark is the Robert Scott Pace Professor Emeritis at Pace University. She has been president of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Eastern Psychological Association, and the International Council of Psychologists. She holds fellowship status in the APA and the Association for Psychological Science. Her most significant research has focused on women and their contributions to psychology.

Michele A. Paludi is Assistant Dean and Faculty Program Director for human resources and leadership at Excelsior College. Her publications have been in the areas of psychology of women, sexual harassment, feminist teaching, and workplace violence, including bullying. She serves as an expert witness in court proceedings on sexual and racial harassment and discrimination. Paludi's book, Ivory Power: Sexual Harassment on Campus, received the 1992 Myers Center Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights in the United States. She is series editor for the Praeger series Women's Psychology and Women and Careers in Management, and was editor of Praeger's Understanding Campus Violence.
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