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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.

Counseling Women With Eating Disorders
Chapter 37 counseling women with eating disorders
Melinda Parisi

Eating disorders (EDs), particularly anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN), are serious illnesses. In fact, AN has the highest rate of mortality among all psychiatric disorders (Zhao & Encinosa, 2011). AN is characterized by extremely low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight, and distorted body image. BN is characterized by binging and then eliminating calories through unhealthy methods such as vomiting or laxative use (purging) or overexercising. Binge eating disorder (BED) is associated with unusually high food intake and perceived lack of control over eating behaviors. Individuals with BED are typically normal weight or overweight.

Approximately 27 million Americans suffer from EDs (Hildebrandt & Alfano, 2009; ...

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