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The Psychology of Women and Gender

The Psychology of Women and Gender
Half the Human Experience +

Tenth Edition
  • Nicole M. Else-Quest - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Janet Shibley Hyde - University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA, University of Wisconsin, USA

January 2021 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A psychology of women textbook that fully integrates transgender research, issues, and concerns

With clear, comprehensive, and cutting-edge coverage, The Psychology of Women and Gender: Half the Human Experience + delivers an authoritative analysis of classical and up-to-date research from a feminist, psychological viewpoint. Authors Nicole M. Else-Quest and Janet Shibley Hyde examine the cultural and biological similarities and differences between genders, noting how these characteristics can affect issues of equality. Students will come away with a strong foundation for understanding the dynamic influences of gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity in the context of psychology and society. The Tenth Edition further integrates intersectionality throughout every chapter, updates language for more transgender inclusion, and incorporates new content from guidelines put forth from the American Psychological Association. 

Chapter 1: Introduction
Why Study the Psychology of Women and Gender?

Sex, Gender, Transgender, and Cisgender

Sexism and Feminism

Themes in the Psychology of Women and Gender

Sources of Bias in Psychological Research

Feminist Alternatives to Biased Research

Chapter Previews

Chapter 2: Theoretical Perspectives on Gender
Psychoanalytic Theory

Social Learning Theory

Cognitive-Developmental Theory

Gender Schema Theory

Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology

Social Role Theory

Feminist Theories

Chapter 3: Gender Stereotypes and Gender Differences
Gender Stereotypes


Psychological Gender Differences

The Gender Similarities Hypothesis


Chapter 4: The Intersection of Gender and Ethnicity
Recurring Themes

Ethnic Group Labels

An Ethnic/Cultural Critique of Psychological Research

Guidelines for Research With People of Color

Cultural Heritages of People of Color in the United States

Gender Roles and Ethnicity



Mental Health Issues

Feminisms of Color

Chapter 5: Gender and Communication
Verbal Communication

Nonverbal Communication

How Women and Nonbinary People Are Treated in Language

Toward Nonsexist Language

In Conclusion

Chapter 6: Gender and Emotion
Gender Stereotypes About Emotions

Gender and Emotional Experience and Expression

Emotional Intelligence

Emotions Beyond the Binary

The Socialization of Gendered Emotions

Chapter 7: Lifespan Development



Emerging Adulthood


Later Adulthood

Chapter 8: Abilities, Motivation, and Achievement

Motivation: Expectancy-Value Theory


The Gender Gap in STEM

Chapter 9: Gender and Work
Pay Equity and the Wage Gap

Compensation Negotiation

Gender Discrimination and Workplace Climate

Leadership and the Glass Ceiling

Work and Family Issues

Chapter 10: Biology and Gender

Basic Physiological Processes

Sex Hormones

The Brain

Chapter 11: Psychology, Gender, and Health
Gender and Health



Reproduction and Health


Trans Health Issues

Chapter 12: Gender and Sexuality

Psychological Aspects of Gender and Sexuality

The Intersection of Gender and Race in Sexuality

Sexual Disorders and Therapy

Additional Therapies for Women’s Sexual Disorders

Gender Similarities

Chapter 13: Gender and Sexual Orientation
Queer Theory

Stereotypes and Discrimination

Lesbian Culture

Sexual Orientation Development and Fluidity

Mental Health Issues

Why Do Women Become Lesbian, Bi, or Straight?

Differences Between Lesbians and Gay Men

The Intersection of Sexual Orientation and Ethnicity

Chapter 14: Gender and Victimization
Rape and Sexual Assault

Intimate Partner Violence

Sexual Harassment

Human Trafficking

Child Sexual Abuse

Looking Forward

Chapter 15: Gender and Mental Health Issues


Alcohol- and Substance-Use Disorders

Eating Disorders

Gender and Psychotherapy

Chapter 16: The Psychology of Men and Masculinity
The Psychology of Men and Masculinity

The Gender Role Identity Paradigm

The Gender Role Strain Paradigm

Lifespan Development

Male Sexuality

Men of Color

Health Issues

Psychotherapy With Boys and Men

Chapter 17: Retrospect and Prospect
Future Research

Feminism Revisited

Re-Visioning Theory

The Continuing Feminist Revolution and Backlash

Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors


Instructor Resource Website

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Key features


  • An intersectional approach is further integrated throughout every chapter with new research that has surged in the field on transgender and nonbinary people.
  • A wealth of new research covers a range of topics, including the development of transgender and gender diverse children; interventions to reduce gender bias in STEM; gender bias in nonverbal communication; anti-trans prejudice; and abortion incidence and outcomes.
  • New content has been incorporated from the guidelines put forth by the American Psychological Association, including Multicultural Guidelines (2017), Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women (2018), and Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men (2018).
  • Language and terminology have been updated to be consistent with new approaches to gender that critique the gender binary.
  • Updated statistics and references incorporate new and cutting-edge research in the psychology of women and gender.
  • An intersectional approach integrated throughout reflects a more prominent force in gender and women’s studies that has made its way into psychology.
  • Chapter-opening outlines provide students with the structure of the chapter to aid in their cognitive processing.
  • Chapter-ending Experience the Research boxes give students active experiences with research in the psychology of women and gender through assignable exercises.
  • Focus boxes draw from research, theory, and case studies examining key issues in depth; topics range from health at the intersection of gender and ability, to gender diversity and athletics, and the politics of psychiatric diagnosis.
  • A marginal glossary in each chapter and a comprehensive glossary at the end of the book help students master the meaning of important terms in the field.
  • Chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading provide recaps and resources with brief descriptors for further exploration. 

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