Women and Mental Health

By Elizabeth Howell; Marjorie Bayes | Go to book overview

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Where Do We Go
from Here?

ELIZABETH HOWELL

In the preceding sections we examined how sexism in society affects women's mental health and how it has pervaded the mental health profession. We considered the particular treatment needs of women and new therapeutic approaches that better address them. The papers included in this section examine how the mental health field both has changed and is changing in order to offer women more extensive and effective therapeutic benefits.

At this point it is important to ask where the field of women and mental health is going and which issues deserve our special concern in contemplating future directions. Three issues that appear to be of particular importance concern: (1) the psychological concepts of normative ideals, (2) the interpretations and applications of biological knowledge, and (3) the meaning and measurability of changes in the social structure.


Psychological Concepts of Normative Ideals

Over time our concepts of ideal mental health have been and continue to be subject to revision. With its normative division of behaviors and

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