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International Journal of Behavioral Medicine

International Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Official Journal of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine

Editor-in-Chief: Christina Lee

ISSN: 1070-5503 (print version)
ISSN: 1532-7558 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12529

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Women’s reproductive health in sociocultural context 

Guest editors: Yael Benyamini and Irina Todorova

This special issue of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM) will be devoted to women’s reproductive health, focusing on women’s experiences, challenges, relationships and interactions with healthcare in sociocultural contexts. This issue will draw attention to gendered and sociocultural aspects of health as they relate to the health of women internationally. It will be of interest to scholars in behavioral medicine, psychology, and other social sciences.
Women deal with gender-specific reproductive health issues, or experience some health issues differently to men, because of biological, social, and psychological differences. The social construction of gender is related to health and health behaviors, as well as to barriers and inequalities in health and healthcare. Reproductive health matters such as pregnancy, childbirth, infertility, cervical and breast cancer, concern women across the globe and have social and financial implications for women, their families, and society in general. A major emphasis will be placed on the sociocultural contexts in which women live and how they resonate with gender, beliefs, attitudes, and health behaviors, and influence healthcare and health policy.
The purpose of this issue is to encourage research that focuses on women and their health in the multidimensionality of their lives. In every culture there are gender role expectations that shape women's lives, and to fully understand women's health issues, they must be studied in context.
Submission deadline has now been extended to September 30, 2016. Publication is expected in late 2017.

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    The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine is the official publication of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine. It publishes original research and integrative reviews on interactions among behavioral, psychosocial, environmental, genetic and biomedical factors relevant to health and illness. The scope of the IJBM extends from research on biobehavioral mechanisms; clinical studies on diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation; to research on public health, including health promotion and prevention. As an international journal, the IJBM publishes research originating from all continents. In addition, the IJBM invites research on multi-national, multi-cultural and global aspects of health and illness.

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