Significant scientific advances have been made in understanding psychological aspects of women's health, and knowledge gained will be of relevance not only to women's health but to the promotion of health and illness prevention and treatment for all individuals. The current cutting-edge research detailed in this volume is intended to stimulate new thinking and research in women's health from biopsychosocial perspectives. Drawing on research from internationally respected experts, topics covered include ageing, stress, heart disease, cancer, drugs, weight regulation and body image, pain, menstruation, sexuality and infertility, and AIDS.

chapter 1|7 pages

Psychological Perspectives on Women's Health:An Introduction and Overview

ByVincent J. Adesso, Diane M. Reddy, Raymond Fleming

part One|27 pages

Gender, Health, and Aging

chapter 2|25 pages

Gender and Aging: Women and their Aging

ByElaine A. Leventhal

part Two|62 pages

Stress, Coronary Heart Disease, and Cancer

chapter 3|18 pages

A Biopsychosocial Approach to Stress in Women and Men

ByMarianne Frankenhaeuser

chapter 4|25 pages

Coronary Risk in Women

ByGerdi Weidner

chapter 5|16 pages

Cancer in Women

ByPeggy J. Ott, Sandra M. Levy

part Three|82 pages

Body Image and Weight Regulation and Drug Use

chapter 6|26 pages

Women and Drugs

BySharon M. Hall

chapter 7|54 pages

Body Image and the Regulation of Weight

ByApril E. Fallon

part Four|66 pages

Menstruation and Pain

chapter 8|39 pages

Toward an Understanding of Women's Experience of Menstrual Cycle Symptoms

ByPamela Kato Klebanov, Diane N. Ruble

chapter 9|24 pages


ByAnthony E. Reading

part Five|66 pages

Sexuality and Infertility and AIDS

chapter 10|34 pages

Sexuality and Infertility

ByPatricia J. Morokoff, Karen L. Calderone

chapter 11|28 pages

Women's Health: TheImpact of the ExpandingAIDS Epidemic

ByDebra A. Murphy, Jeffrey A. Kelly

part Six|34 pages

Directions for Research in Women's Health

chapter 12|32 pages

Psychology and Women's Health: Some Reflections and Future Directions

BySheryle J. Gallant, Helen L. Coons, Patricia J. Morokoff