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This highly respected text offers students an enjoyable, extraordinarily well-written introduction to the psychology of women with an up-to-date examination of the field and comprehensive coverage of topics. Appropriate for students from a wide variety of backgrounds, Margaret Matlin's THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN, 7th Edition, accurately depicts women's experiences through direct quotations and an emphasis on empirical research. Known for its balance of scholarship, readability, and inclusion of various kinds of women, the text reflects a genuine interest in and understanding of the readers for whom it was written. This edition is updated to incorporate the most current research, and continues to examine numerous topics that are central to many women's lives but omitted from competing textbooks, including complete chapters on childhood, adolescence, love relationships, motherhood, health psychology, and psychological disorders. Matlin also provides enhanced coverage of such important topics as social class, ethnic diversity, pregnancy, and women's retirement as she continues to lead the way for the psychology of women course.

Margaret W. Matlin, State University of New York, Geneseo

Margaret Matlin currently holds the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor of Psychology at SUNY Geneseo, where she has taught courses in the Psychology of Women for 36 years. Dr. Matlin has been honored with several major teaching awards, including the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the American Psychological Association Teaching of Psychology Award for four-year institutions, the American Psychological Foundation's Distinguished Teaching in Psychology Award, and the Society for the Psychology of Women's Heritage Award for lifetime contributions to the teaching of the psychology of women. She is currently the Teaching Section Editor for the journal, Psychology of Women Quarterly.
  • Research updates in this carefully revised edition include recent findings related to the discussion of racism, census information on woman of color in the United States and Canada, the invisibility of woman in art, gender discrimination, attitudes towards women's pleasantness, stereotyped representations in the media, children's television programs and books, infants' knowledge about gender, selective abortion, female infanticide, and parental influence on gender typing.
  • New studies added to this edition present information on body image, cultural attitudes and taboos toward menstruation, a gender comparison on memory, and older woman and sexuality.
  • The Seventh Edition includes such new information as the indication that researchers understand more about the prenatal development of males than females, children's rejection of nontraditional behavior, and teachers' behavior with respect to ethics and social biases.
  • New examples include an example of racial bias, which has been added to the discussion of black woman, heterosexism, and access discrimination.
  • New anecdotes illustrate that some stereotypes are partly true but not completely true, gender comparisons in mathematics ability, and core ideas about love relationships.
  • Informal demonstrations encourage active involvement and clarify the procedures for crucial research studies.
  • Matlin focuses on the psychological aspects of women in and of themselves, rather than focusing on gender differences.
  • Four themes are traced throughout the book: 1) psychological gender differences are typically small and inconsistent; 2) people react differently to men and women; 3) women are less visible than men in many important areas; and 4) women vary widely from one another.
  • Proven, consistent pedagogical features include outlines that provide students with an overall structure at the beginning of each chapter, and true-false statements near the beginning of each chapter that encourage student interest and foreshadow key issues to be discussed. Key terms, in boldface type, are defined when introduced and listed at the end of the chapter to facilitate review. End-of-chapter review questions encourage students to clarify and synthesize concepts, and recommended readings suggest extra resources for students who want to explore chapter topics in greater detail.
  • Known for being remarkably up to date, with most citations from sources published in 1998 and later, the book enables students to examine course topics using the most current perspectives.
  • The text's organization combines a lifespan approach and a topical approach with a writing style that is clear and interesting, engaging readers with many examples and quotations in which women describe their own experiences.
1. Introduction.
2. Gender Stereotypes and Other Gender Biases.
3. Infancy and Childhood.
4. Adolescence.
5. Gender Comparisons in Cognitive Abilities and Attitudes About Achievements.
6. Gender Comparisons in Social and Personality Characteristics.
7. Women and Work.
8. Love Relationships.
9. Sexuality.
10. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood.
11. Women and Physical Health.
12. Women and Psychological Disorders.
13. Violence Against Women.
14. Women and Older Adulthood.
15. Moving Onward.

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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


eBank Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9780538493246
AAvailable electronically, the Instructor's Manual with Test Bank includes sample syllabi, ideas for research projects, an annotated list of useful websites, and chapter outlines. It also contains a thoroughly revised test bank with over 1000 items.

eBank PowerPoint®

ISBN: 9780840045577
Figures and tables from the seventh edition are uploaded into Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides, created by Lucinda DeWitt, that instructors can use as is or modify to create their own presentations.

Web Site

ISBN: 9780538492904
The instructor area of the book companion website offers access to password-protected resources such as chapter outlines, resources from the resource manual, and more.


Web Site

ISBN: 9780538492904