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date: 24 February 2021

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This chapter describes an integrated, ecological perspective on girls’ and women’s mental health. The interplay of multiple oppressions and their impact on the physical, psychological, and spiritual functioning of girls and women is described. Core values of positive psychology, feminist psychology, and counseling psychology emphasize individual strengths, and are applied to working with girls and women. In addition, the authors review relevant APA (2007) Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women and discuss issues in assessment and diagnosis as related to women. Finally, implications for clinical work and future research are discussed. An ecological perspective that attends to the diversity within and between girls and women, as well as their social and environmental contexts, holds great promise for promoting girls’ and women’s wellness.

Keywords: Ecological theory, positive psychology, benefit finding resilience, bias and discrimination, DSM

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