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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