Feminist Psychology. Development of Feminist Theories and Therapeutic Interventions By W. McIntosh & G. Green. Statistics US Bureau of Census (2000) Number Females USA- 143,000,000 Number of Males USA- 138,000,000. Statistics US Bureau of Census (2000).
Development of Feminist Theories and Therapeutic Interventions
By W. McIntosh & G. Green
A. Coping skills • Gender inequality
B. Gender-role stereotypes • Ways sexism is promoted
The infusion of society with values based oncooperation
3. Other forms of discrimination
Women are taught to gain and use power in relationships, and the possible consequences of their actions.
So much of traditional therapy focused on a woman’s shortcomings and weaknesses that feminist therapists teach women to look for their own strengths and use them effectively. The feminist therapist focuses on the enhancement of women's strengths rather than remediation of their weaknesses.
In this framework, the medical model is rejected and women’s problems are seen as coping mechanisms and viewed in their social context.
Women are taught to recognize their cognitions that are detrimental, and encouraged to educate themselves as to the plight of all women.
Feminist therapists value self-disclosure and attempt to remove the we-they barrier of traditional therapeutic relationships. Feminist therapists accept and validate their clients’ feelings.
They are also more self-disclosing than other therapists thus removing the we-they barrier between therapists and their clients. This limited reciprocity is a feminist goal that is believed to enhance the relationship.