The Psychology of Gender and Health

The Psychology of Gender and Health

Conceptual and Applied Global Concerns

1st Edition - December 25, 2016

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  • Editors: M. Pilar Sanchez-Lopez, Rosa Maria Gras
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128038666
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128038642

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The Psychology of Gender and Health: Conceptual and Applied Global Concerns examines the psychological aspects of the intersection between gender and health and the ways in which they relate to the health of individuals and populations. It demonstrates how gender should be strategically considered in the most routine research tasks—from establishing priorities, constructing theory, designing methodologies, in data interpretation, and how to practically apply this information in clinical contexts. The topics covered in its chapters answer the needs of professionals, students, and faculty, providing an up-to-date conceptual tool that covers the relationships that exist between gender and health. The book will not only help users build expertise in psychology in gender and health, but also contribute to the awareness and training of psychologists as dynamic actors in the implementation of the gender perspective in their studies, reflections, research, and health interventions.

Key Features

  • Offers specific literature on the gender perspective in health and psychology
  • Addresses a broad and diverse audience, and its coverage is uniquely comprehensive
  • Utilizes an intersectional approach to race, class, sexual orientation, nationality, disability status, and age
  • Updates on the pressing concerns of gender violence
  • Covers specific content on transgender and same-sex attracted populations that includes a focus on men and masculinity
  • Deals with hot topics on infertility, immigration, and HIV/AIDS


Researchers, academics, and students in psychology who focus on gender and health. Clinicians will make up a secondary (and more limited) market

Table of Contents

    • Foreword
    • Chapter 1. Health From a Gender Perspective: The State of the Art
      • Determinants of Health
      • The Sex/Gender System
      • The Gender Perspective in Health: Integration of Sex and Gender in the Analysis and Research of Health
      • Incorporation of the Gender Perspective to Interventions in Health
      • Book Preview
    • Part I. Conceptual Approaches for Gender and Health
      • Chapter 2. Gender-Based Perspectives About Women’s and Men’s Health
        • Gender and Health
        • Sex and Health Studies
        • Approaches of Gender as a Determinant of Health
        • Gender Self-Categorization and Gender Beliefs
        • Gender Perspectives About Health: Common Aspects
      • Chapter 3. The Health Gender Gap: A Constrained Choice Explanation
        • The Health Gender Gap in Global Perspective
        • Constrained Choices: A New Approach to Health Disparities
        • The Constrained Choice Framework and Processes
        • Applications of Constrained Choice
        • Future Challenges for Constrained Choice
      • Chapter 4. Masculinities and Health: Whose Identities, Whose Constructions?
        • Hegemonic Masculinity
        • The Limitations of Hegemonic Masculinity
        • Masculinities Reconsidered
        • Conclusion
      • Chapter 5. Transgender, Sexual Orientation, and Health
        • Common Meanings: Gender, Self-Identity, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation
        • Health in Transgender People
        • Conclusion
    • Part II. Clinical and Health Contexts
      • Chapter 6. “He’s More Typically Female Because He’s Not Afraid to Cry”: Connecting Heterosexual Gender Relations and Men’s Depression
        • Masculinities and Men’s Depression
        • Heterosexual Gender Relations, Health, and Illness
        • Theoretical Underpinnings of Gender Relations
        • An Empirical Study
        • Conclusion
      • Chapter 7. Intimate Partner Violence Against Women: Prevention and Intervention Strategies in Spain
        • An International Framework for Violence Against Women
        • The Magnitude of the Problem: Global and National Prevalence Estimates of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women
        • The Severity of the Effects: Consequences of Violence on Women’s Health
        • Approaches to Gender-Based Violence
        • Strategies for Primary and Secondary Prevention
        • Intervention Strategies
        • Psychological Intervention With Victims and Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women
      • Chapter 8. Examining Migrants’ Health From a Gender Perspective
        • Situating European Migration
        • Women in Migration Studies From a Gender Perspective
        • The Healthy Immigrant Effect
        • Migrants’ Health From a Gender Perspective
        • Acculturative Stress and Its Impact on Health: Elements for a Psychological Intervention With Migrants
        • Health Care: Barriers to Services and Health Programs
        • Intersectionality: A Necessity When Studying Migrants’ Health
      • Chapter 9. An Integrity Model, Existential Perspective in Clinical Work With Men From a Gender and Health Perspective
        • Challenging the Myth of the Emotionally Defective Male
        • The Integrity Model in Working With Men: A Historical and Health Promotion Perspective
        • Theoretical Underpinnings: The Integrity Model
        • The Integrity Model: An Existential Perspective in Working With Men
        • Working With Men: Case Example
        • Conclusions
      • Chapter 10. Contributions of Gender Perspective to HIV Infection
        • Genealogy of an Epidemic
        • Epidemiology and Distribution by Sex
        • Gender Inequalities in HIV
        • Sex and Gender Determinants in HIV
        • Contributions of Gender Perspective to HIV Prevention
        • Contributions of Gender Perspective to HIV Interventions
        • Psychology, Gender, and Pediatric HIV: Contributions From Clinical Practice
        • Conclusions
      • Chapter 11. Breastfeeding and Health: A Gender Perspective
        • A Historical Perspective of Breastfeeding
        • Breastfeeding as a Biopsychosocial Phenomenon
        • Femininity, Motherhood, and Breastfeeding
        • Breastfeeding, Health, and Gender
        • Psychological Interventions in Breastfeeding
      • Chapter 12. Mainstreaming Gender Equality to Improve Women’s Mental Health in England
        • Psychology, Psychiatry, and Women’s Mental Health
        • The Case for Mainstreaming in Mental Health
        • Mainstreaming as a Potential Remedy
        • Mainstreaming in Practice
        • Revisiting Mainstreaming in Mental Health
        • Conclusions: Implications for Psychiatry and Psychology
      • Chapter 13. Health and Gender Perspective in Infertility
        • Infertility and Its Treatment
        • Health and Gender Determinants in Infertility
        • Health and Gender Differences in Infertility
        • Infertility in Reproductive Psychology: A Gender Perspective
      • Chapter 14. Epilogue
        • Topics to Discuss in a Health Psychology Course
        • Conclusion
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 430
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: December 25, 2016
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128038666
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128038642

About the Editors

M. Pilar Sanchez-Lopez

Doctor of Psychology (Extraordinary Doctorate Prize) and Diploma of Educational Science from the School of Psychology, both belonging to the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. Chair Professor of the same University. Has been President of a National Congress (1998), and guest organizer of 15 Symposia in National and International Congresses, has presided at two Complutense International Seminars (2001 and 2005), is president of the Days on Women and Health which have been held annually since 1999, director of the Official UCM Master´s Programme with its corresponding Doctorate since it was created in 2006, and the course on Women and Health in the Complutense Summer School since its creation (2002).

She is the Director of the Research Group “EPSY” (Personality Styles, Gender and Health) since its creation in 2004. She is coordinator of the HYGEIA (Research network for Health and Gender International Alliance). Directs along with Dra Saínz, the Permanent Education Seminar for Health with a Gender Perspective (Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid).

She has directed 14 pluriannual competitive projects and has participated as a researcher in 15 competitive projects both national and international. She has made 12 presentations in congresses to which she was invited, 144 Communications and posters in international congresses. She has published 20 books, 23 book chapters and 80 articles, 55 of which were in international journals and/or ones with an impact index (JCR index).

Affiliations and Expertise

Catedratica de Psicologia, Directora del Master/Doctorado oficial "Mujeres y Salud", Directora del Grupo de Investigacion Estilos de Personalidad, Genero y Salud, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Rosa Maria Gras

Doctor in Psychology by University of Murcia (UMU), Master´s degree in “Disability and Health” (UMU) and in “Infertility: Psychosocial, Medical and Legal aspects” (University of Valencia),Technical Specialist Psychodiagnosis by Rorschach Workshop Exner (USA). Professor of psychology at the University of Murcia, and Director of the Research Group "Personality and Health: A Intercultural and Gender Perspective" of the University of Murcia. She is also member of the Interdisciplinary Seminar in Gender Studies (SIEG) of University Miguel Hernández de Elche (Alicante), and contributor member of the Research Group of Psychological Styles, Gender and Health (EPSY) of the Complutense University of Madrid. She has participated as researcher in several projects funded by national and international research organisms, the last two: “Creativity and Innovation Factors in optimizing the employment and administrative management”, Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (2008-2010); and “Formal and family caregivers and health”, Women's Institute, Ministry of Equality (2010-2011). She has numerous presentations at National and International Conferences, and she has more than thirty nationals and fifteen internationals publications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Departament of Personality and Psychological Assessment and Treatment,Campus Universitario de Espinardo, University of Murcia, Spain

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