Volume 5: Valuing the Feminine

The main theoretical focus of this issue is the Relational Model, originally called “Self-in-Relation Theory.”  The Relational Model developed as a collaborative effort of a group of clinicians at the Stone Center for Developmental Studies and Services at Wellesley College. We have adapted three of the original working papers from this cooperative enterprise. The first, “Self-in-Relation: A Theory of Women’s Development,” by Janet L. Surrey, provides a basic foundation in this theoretical perspective. Next, Jean Baker Miller, the leader of this group, presents “Growth through Relationships.” Judith Jordan completes the set with “The Movement of Mutuality and Power,” exploring power dynamics in relationships between men and women. In addition, this issue contains a theory of eight phases in gifted women’s development; a discussion of female giftedness; the matrilineal cultural of the Marshall Islands; ancient goddesses as models for alternative images of women; a woman’s view of male roles and rules; and Leta Hollingworth as a moral exemplar.