Innovative Methods for the Study of Attitudes toward Menstruation and Menopause
Monday, April 13, 2009
Joan C. Chrisler (Connecticut College)
Attitudes toward menstruation and menopause can affect women's body image, gender identity, self-acceptance, self-objectification, symptom attribution, and health behavior. These attitudes are shaped by personal experience, social learning, popular culture, and scientific discourse. An understanding of their content and source is fundamental to the promotion of women's physical and mental health.
About the speaker:
Joan C. Chrisler, Ph.D. is Class of 1943 Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College, where she teaches courses on the psychology of women and health psychology. She has published dozens of journal articles and book chapters on aspects of women's health and embodiment, and she is best known for her work on attitudes toward menstruation, premenstrual syndrome, body image, weight, and eating disorders. She served a 5-year term as Editor of Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, and her most recent books are Lectures on the Psychology of Women (McGraw-Hill, 2008), Women over 50: Psychological Perspectives (Springer, 2007), and From Menarche to Menopause: The Female Body in Feminist Therapy (Haworth, 2004). Dr. Chrisler is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.