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Silencing the Self Across CulturesDepression and Gender in the Social World$
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Dana C. Jack and Alisha Ali

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195398090

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398090.001.0001

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Silencing the Heart: Women in Treatment for Cardiovascular Disease

Silencing the Heart: Women in Treatment for Cardiovascular Disease

(p.415) Chapter 19 Silencing the Heart: Women in Treatment for Cardiovascular Disease
Silencing the Self Across Cultures

Maria I. Medved

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how women who are in support groups after myocardial heart infarction are silenced by approaches to treatment that are derived solely from men's experiences with heart disease. It presents evidence of how treatment can address self-silencing in order to facilitate women's positive coping to help them return to health. It discusses the relevance of silencing the self theory in conceptualizing women's experience of cardiovascular disease, particularly in light of the lack of attention given to women's—as opposed to men's—experience of heart disease. Using illustrative case examples, the chapter demonstrates the contradictions between women's needs to focus on their own recovery and to simultaneously meet the needs of those around them. The chapter also describes possible psychosocial approaches for recovery and rehabilitation for women with cardiovascular disease.

Keywords:   cardiovascular disease, rehabilitation, heart attack, self-care, social support

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