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NEW TO THIS EDITION: “Women’s Voices: Personal Perspectives on Professional Contributions” includes the voices of seven pioneers in the field (Melba Vasquez, Judith Jordan, Oliva Espin, Carolyn Enns, Jean Lau Chin, Ruth Fassinger, and Joan Chrisler) who have had a major impact on the mental health professions through scholarship, leadership, and/or theory. A chapter on the evolution of feminist psychology expands the scope of the book. A section on issues of social injustice addresses violence against women, intimate partner violence, women in poverty, and the ecology of women’s career barriers. Chapters on African American, East Asian, South Asian, Latina, Jewish, and Muslim women, as well as lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, highlight the experiences of women whose voices have historically been silenced or overlooked by society. New chapters in the normative issues section cover the impact of military service on women, counseling caregivers, and incorporating spirituality and religion in counseling women. Chapters on mental health concerns specific to women include the new DSM-5 criteria and outcome research. A chapter on infertility and miscarriage and updated chapters on cancer, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, and other conditions that disproportionately affect women (such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and migraines) enhance the section on physical illness. Separate chapters on adolescence and emerging, young, middle, and late adulthood strengthen the section on development. KEY FEATURES: Case material and concrete practice recommendations illustrate practical applications of counseling strategies. Women’s issues are explored from a multiculturally-sensitive perspective. Examination of both traditional and progressive theories of counseling adds to the book’s comprehensiveness. Integration of issues of diversity and multiculturalism can be seen throughout.

Chapter 18: Counseling Women at Midlife: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

Counseling Women at Midlife: A Biopsychosocial Perspective
Chapter 18 counseling women at midlife: a biopsychosocial perspective
Sharon E. Robinson Kurpius Silva Hassert Megan Foley Nicpon

The life stage known as “midlife” is classified as occurring between the ages of 40 and 65; therefore, the lives and concerns of women in early midlife can be very different from those of women in late midlife. Given the diversity of women across this 25-year timespan and the myriad of work and personal issues that might be related to midlife, we focus on the most common biopsychosocial issues of midlife women. Midlife women experience a variety of health concerns, but the major biological issue all women at ...

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