The Role of Sisters in Womens Development

Hardcover | April 4, 2011

bySue A. Kuba

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Psychological theory has traditionally overlooked or minimized the role of siblings in development, focusing instead on parent-child attachment relationships. The importance of sisters has been even more marginalized. Sue A. Kuba explores this omission in The Role of Sisters in Women's Development, seeking to broaden and enrich current understanding of the psychology of women. This unique work is distinguished by Kuba's phenomenological method of research, rooted in a single prompt: "Tell me about yourrelationship with your sister." Rich in detail, the responses (many of which are reproduced at length within the book) provide a complex picture of sister relationships across the lifespan. Integrating these stories with current literature about gender and family composition for sisters ofdifference (disabled and lesbian sisters) and ethnic sisters, this book provides useful recommendations for therapeutic understanding of the significance of sisters in everyday life, integrating diverse perspectives in order to address the ways clinicians can enhance psychological work with womenclients.A valuable contribution to the field of mental health, The Role of Sisters in Women's Development is highly recommended for therapists who wish to broaden their inquiry into the sister connection, as well as anyone who wants to further understand the importance of sisterhood.

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Psychological theory has traditionally overlooked or minimized the role of siblings in development, focusing instead on parent-child attachment relationships. The importance of sisters has been even more marginalized. Sue A. Kuba explores this omission in The Role of Sisters in Women's Development, seeking to broaden and enrich current...

Sue A. Kuba, Ph. D. is a licensed psychologist and a professor of psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. She has studied and implemented research using phenomenological methodology for over 30 years. Her clinical work focuses on the importance of women's relationships in famil...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 4, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195393341

ISBN - 13:9780195393347

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: The Lifelong Relationship1. Misunderstandings and Missed Understandings2. The Voices of Sisters3. Ways of Perceiving and Knowing4. Herstory5. Sister Extensions6. Time and Intensity7. Time and IdentityPart Two: Expansion of Our Understanding8. Sisters of Difference9. Cross Cultural, Racial and Ethnic Perspectives on Sisters10. First Stage IntegrationPart Three: The Role of Sisters in Psychotherapy11. Sister Dynamics12. Relational Cultural Theory and Sisters' Growth in Connection13. Sisters in Families: Applications to Family TherapyNotesReferences