ERIC Number: EJ787170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Reference Count: 126
2007 Presidential Address: Fear of Losing Control--Power, Perfectionism, and the Psychology of Women
Chrisler, Joan C.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v32 n1 p1-12 Mar 2008
Anecdotal evidence and popular culture suggest that fear of losing control of oneself is common among North American women, yet there is little in the way of data or theory to show why so many women fear loss of control or how to help them to leave that fear behind. In this article a commonly accepted definition of self-regulation is examined through a feminist lens to see how gender-role socialization might affect women's sense of whether and when they can regulate (or control) themselves. Particular attention is paid to eating behavior, body image, and reproductive phases (e.g., premenstrual syndrome) as areas where fears of loss of control are often expressed. Intervention points suggested here are women's standards for body and behavior; the extent of the areas that doing femininity requires them to control; and their beliefs, not only about what they can control, but what they are allowed to do.
Descriptors: Self Control, Fear, North Americans, Females, Physiology, Eating Habits, Self Concept, Sex Role, Socialization, Feminism, Intervention, Standards, Beliefs
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