The Relationship of Stereotypical Femininity
This paper examines the extent to which stereotypically feminine characteristics are associated with co-dependency and related aspects of psychological distress and dysfunction.
# 27049 | 8,684 words | 39 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on May 23, 2003 in Psychology (Social) , Psychology (Testing) , Psychology (Case Studies) , Women Studies (Feminism) , Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies) , Gender and Sexuality (Theories of Gender) , Women Studies (General)
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An investigation into the psychology of distress and codependency as a result of feminine behavior and characteristics. The writer looks at the classification within psychology and general society of women's behavior as pathological and addresses the issues related to this. The paper includes a review of relevant literature citing a number of references to the topic. The writer then looks at popular self-help books as relevant to this so-called pathology. The research is aimed at a validation of the construct "codependency" and uses a real experiment with analytical results to present the conclusions.
From the Paper:"The goal of this investigation is to investigate the construct of "codependency." A literature review indicates that codependency is an imperfect construct, one that confounds traditional measures of femininity with judgments of varying degrees of pathology. The problem of classifying women's behavior as pathological is widespread in the field of psychology, as well as in the general public, and needs to be addressed. An assumption that feminine behavior is pathological automatically places women in a position of inferiority, which they must then make efforts to overcome."
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