The Meanings of Menopause: Historical, Medical, and Cultural Perspectives Ruth Formanek

ISBN: 9780881630800

Published: February 1st 1990

Hardcover

320 pages


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The Meanings of Menopause: Historical, Medical, and Cultural Perspectives  by  Ruth Formanek

The Meanings of Menopause: Historical, Medical, and Cultural Perspectives by Ruth Formanek
February 1st 1990 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 320 pages | ISBN: 9780881630800 | 4.36 Mb

In this scholarly compilation of a major event in the life of every woman, editor Ruth Formanek has adopted an avowedly multidisciplinary mandate: to illuminate menopause as both an event and a stage of life by gathering together a variety ofMoreIn this scholarly compilation of a major event in the life of every woman, editor Ruth Formanek has adopted an avowedly multidisciplinary mandate: to illuminate menopause as both an event and a stage of life by gathering together a variety of discipline-specific meanings and research perspectives.

The result is an admirably comprehensive study that not only charts the premodern meanings of menopause, but proceeds to examine menopause from current biomedical, endocrinological, culutral, and psychological perspectives. Ample attention is give to the psychosocial influences on menopause and to cross-cultural variations in the experience of, and life adjustments that follow, menopause. Societal and familial attitudes toward menopausal women are also explored through an examination of women in classical and modern literature.

Clinical contributions review psychoanalytic perspectives on menopause, elucidate the individual meanings of the menopausal experience uncovered in therapy, and consider male views of menopausal women. Collectively, the contributors to this volume remedy the scant attention menopause has heretofore received in the psychological and psychotherapeutic literature.They not only explore the range of issues associated with menopause, but address these issues in the context of the various myths and superstitions about menopause that have endured over the centuries.

Essential reading for students of human development, gender issues, and womens studies, The Meanings of Menopause is, for helping professionals, an invaluable source book on a life event fraught with psychological significance.



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