Gender, Relationships, and Health: Shelley Taylor - Why do Women Tend and Befriend Under Stress?
Thu, October 20, 2005 • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM • Thompson Conference Center, TCC Auditorium
Some of the conference topics include gendered strategies for coping with stress in relationships, gender stratification in health, relationships and health behaviors, body image/weight and health, domestic violence and health, and issues for practitioners and policy makers. There will be a keynote address by Dr. Shelley Taylor, author of The Tending Instinct: Men, Women and the Biology of Relationships.Professor Shelley E. Taylor is the author of The Tending Instinct: Women, Men, and the Biology of Relationships. She is also a founder and leader in health psychology, the field that identifies psychosocial influences on the practice of health habits, use of services, course of illness and recovery, and health policy. Taylor's current work explores how social relationships regulate biological stress responses. She is the architect of the tend-and-befriend model of women's responses to stress, finding that women commonly respond to stress through social means. Her research on "risky families," shows how family dynamics influence children's stress regulatory systems and long-term risk for disease.