Sex Roles and Psychopathology

  • Cathy Spatz Widom

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Cathy Spatz Widom
      Pages 3-17
    3. Ellen Dwyer
      Pages 19-48
  3. Neurotic, Affective, and Schizophrenic Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Barry E. Wolfe
      Pages 51-72
    3. Barbara Ann Winstead
      Pages 73-100
    4. Jane E. Platt
      Pages 101-121
    5. Sue Cox, Lenore Sawyer Radloff
      Pages 123-143
    6. David Lester
      Pages 145-156
    7. Ronald A. LaTorre
      Pages 157-179
  4. Social Deviation and Sexual Dysfunction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Cathy Spatz Widom
      Pages 183-217
    3. Mary Ellen Colten, Jeanne C. Marsh
      Pages 219-248
    4. Wendy E. Stock
      Pages 249-275
  5. Age-Related Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Gloria R. Leon, Stephen Finn
      Pages 317-337
  6. Societal Management and Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 353-353
    2. Linda S. Fidell
      Pages 375-389
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 391-402

About this book


Psychopathology is the science of deviant behavior. However, as psy­ chopathologists, our explanations of deviant behavior are not developed in a sterile, laboratory environment. Abnormality is a relative concept, and the labeling of someone or some behavior as abnormal is inextrica­ bly linked to a particular social context. In the United States, for exam­ ple, a woman reporting vivid hallucinations is likely to be committed to a mental hospital and the behavior considered maladaptive. In other cultures, the same behavior may be interpreted as reflecting magical, healing powers, and the woman honored and revered. An explicit assumption underlying this book is that elements of social causality influence the development and maintenance of psycho­ pathology. While the chapters emphasize environmental influences, this is not intended to negate the importance of physiological, biological, genetic, or hormonal factors in relation to psychopathology. The purpose of this book is to examine the impact of sex role ster­ eotypes on the occurrence and distribution of specific forms of psycho­ pathology. In contrast to prior work, which emphasizes sex differences (e.g., Franks and Gomberg's Gender and Disordered Behavior) these are not the primary focus of this volume. Sex Roles and Psychopathology analyzes the extent to which cultural norms about the sexes, societal expectations and values about sex-typed behavior and sex differences, and profes­ sional biases influence the development, manifestation, and mainte­ nance of abnormal behavior among men and women.


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  • Cathy Spatz Widom
    • 1
  1. 1.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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