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ERIC Number: ED124856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 18
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Power and Women's Psychological Disorders.
Marecek, Jeanne
Power and women's mental health are considered from two perspectives. First, evidence that powerlessness is psychologically stressful is presented. It is argued that powerlessness associated with the female role may be responsible for women's elevated risk of psychological disorder. Second, the paper considers the extent to which psychotherapy is a vehicle for reducing women's powerlessness. It is noted that only a few therapies focus on increasing clients' power. A study of therapists suggested that male therapists with strong power orientations may seek out female clients. Furthermore, therapists with strong power orientations are more likely to endorse therapist-client sexual contact in the treatment situation. The need for more extensive study ofpower in psychotherapy is underscored by the seriousness of the issues. (Author)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (83rd, Chicago, Illinois, August 30 to september 2, 1975)