Psychopathology in Women

Incorporating Gender Perspective into Descriptive Psychopathology

  • Margarita Sáenz-Herrero

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. General Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rafael Segarra-Echebarría, Isidro Fernández-Pérez, Juan Miguel García-Moncho, Leonardo Delarze-Carrillo
      Pages 25-51
    3. María Dolores Avia, Mª Luisa Sánchez-Bernardos
      Pages 53-66
    4. Miguel Angel González-Torres, Aranzazu Fernandez-Rivas
      Pages 67-82
  3. Gender and Psychopathology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Margarita Sáenz-Herrero, Cristina Díez-Alegría
      Pages 113-142
    3. Agueda Rojo-Pantoja
      Pages 143-159
    4. Paloma Navarro, Inmaculada Hurtado
      Pages 161-183
    5. Batirtze Artaraz, Leire Celaya, Eider Zuaitz
      Pages 185-202
    6. Margarita Sáenz-Herrero, Marta Zubia, Nuria Nuñez, Josep Toro-Tralleras
      Pages 203-235
    7. Rafael Segarra-Echebarría, Marta Crego-Meda, Aníbal Arrillaga-Trueba, Margarita Sáenz-Herrero
      Pages 237-265
    8. Rafael Segarra-Echebarría, Beatriz Rodríguez-Paz, Arantzazu Zabala-Rabadán, Margarita Sáenz-Herrero
      Pages 267-302
    9. Olatz Napal, Aitor Francos
      Pages 303-339
    10. Carmen Meneses, Iñaki Markez
      Pages 341-360
    11. María del Río Diéguez, Belén Sanz-Aránguez Ávila
      Pages 389-405
  4. Psychopathology Related to Hormonal Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 407-407

About this book


Gender has a fundamental influence on the human brain, not only by virtue of biological and hormonal differences between the sexes but also because of the impact of gender-specific cultural, social, anthropological, and environmental factors. Nevertheless, the relation of gender and psychopathology remains a largely neglected field. Gender perspective has been treated as a paradigm in this book on psychopathology because it determines the way in which a psychiatric symptom is defined, perceived, and understood. This conception of gender as being of key importance in the definition of psychiatric symptomatology is exceptional in the literature.

The book opens by examining historical and cultural aspects of mental health in women worldwide and the relation of sex, brain, and gender, with coverage of both neurobiological and psychosocial aspects. The significance of gender with regard to specific aspects of psychopathology is then addressed in detail. A wide range of psychological disorders are considered, as well as hormonal influences and issues concerning body image, self identity, sexuality, and life instinct. It is hoped that this book will make a significant contribution in ensuring that gender perspective receives due attention within descriptive psychopathology.


Body Image Eating Disorders Gender Differences Mental Health Disorders Psychopathology Sex factors

Editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Sáenz-Herrero
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of PsychiatryHospital Universitario de AlavaVictoriaSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05869-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05870-2
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