Feminist developmental theory

Implications for counseling

Colin A. Wastell*

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This article discusses the importance of counseling guided by a life-span development model. Major developmental tasks across the life span are outlined from an Eriksonian perspective. This is contrasted with the feminist development theory ofS. Conarton and L Kreger-Silverman (1988). Issues covered include the call by C. Gilligan (1991) for counselors to assist women to reclaim their intuitive voice and the importance of connectedness for women 's development in Western society. Implications for counseling are explored with reference to borderline personality disorder and anorexia nervosa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-581
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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