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The Role of Sisters in Women's Development

ISBN : 9780195393347

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¥14,245
Author: 
Sue A. Kuba
Pages
416 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
163 x 239 mm
Pub date
May 2011
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Psychological theory has traditionally overlooked or minimized the role of siblings in development, focusing instead on parent-child attachment relationships. The importance of sisters has been even more marginalized. Sue A. Kuba explores this omission in The Role of Sisters in Women's Development, seeking to broaden and enrich current understanding of the psychology of women. This unique work is distinguished by Kuba's phenomenological method of research, rooted in a single prompt: "Tell me about your relationship with your sister." Rich in detail, the responses (many of which are reproduced at length within the book) provide a complex picture of sister relationships across the lifespan. Integrating these stories with current literature about gender and family composition for sisters of difference (disabled and lesbian sisters) and ethnic sisters, this book provides useful recommendations for therapeutic understanding of the significance of sisters in everyday life, integrating diverse perspectives in order to address the ways clinicians can enhance psychological work with women clients. A valuable contribution to the field of mental health, The Role of Sisters in Women's Development is highly recommended for therapists who wish to broaden their inquiry into the sister connection, as well as anyone who wants to further understand the importance of sisterhood.

Index: 

INTRODUCTION
PART ONE: THE LIFELONG RELATIONSHIP
1. Misunderstandings and Missed Understandings
2. The Voices of Sisters
3. Ways of Perceiving and Knowing
4. Herstory
5. Sister Extensions
6. Time and Intensity
7. Time and Identity
PART TWO: EXPANSION OF OUR UNDERSTANDING
8. Sisters of Difference
9. Cross Culural, Racial, and Ethnic Perspectives on Sisters
10. First-Stage Integration
PART THREE: THE ROLE OF SISTERS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY
11. Integrating Sisters into Psychoanalystic and Object Relations Therapy
12. Relational Cultural Theory and Sisters' Growth in Connection
13. Sisters in Families: Applications to Family Therapy
REFERENCES
INDEX

About the author: 

Sue A. Kuba, Ph. D. is a licensed psychologist and a professor of psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. She has studied and implemented research using phenomenological methodology for over 30 years. Her clinical work focuses on the importance of women's relationships in family life. She has trained hundreds of psychologists and graduate students in courses about the psychology of women, women's health, research methods, and the importance of cultural applications for clinical work.

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