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Sexism

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posted on 2023-04-03, 02:05 authored by FK Barlow, R Vickers-Jones, Beatrice AlbaBeatrice Alba, E Williamson, V Hutton
Sexism is described as stereotyping or discrimination that occurs when a person is treated unfairly based on their sex. Both men and women can experience sexism but typically, sexism is prejudice against women. People experiencing sexism may face significant barriers in everyday activities at home, at work, in sports and in broader social systems. Sexism can present in varying forms and includes negative attitudes, beliefs and treatment of individuals based on their sex, and as a result, sexism negatively impacts an individual's well-being. Mental health professionals need to recognise the multilayered impact of sexism on those who seek their help, while also challenging their own perceptions, attitudes and beliefs. The chapter starts with definitions and statistics to contextualise the concept of sexism within the contemporary Australian environment. The link between sexism and mental health is examined, and further professional discourse and personal stories bring to light issues and experiences of sexism. Experiential activities that encourage the learner to challenge prejudice, stereotypes and their own perceptions as well as gain a greater understanding of the barriers faced by people experiencing sexism conclude this chapter.

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Chapter number

5

Pagination

125-151

ISBN-13

9783030554262

Language

English

Extent

11

Editor/Contributor(s)

Hutton V, Sisko S

Publisher

Springer International Publishing

Place of publication

Cham, Switzerland

Title of book

Multicultural Responsiveness in Counselling and Psychology: Working with Australian Populations

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