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Overview

Get a unique perspective on the female biracial experience!

Biracial Women in Therapy: Between the Rock of Gender and the Hard Place of Race examines how physical appearance, cultural knowledge, and cultural stereotypes affect the experience of mixed-race women in belonging to, and being accepted within, their cultures. This unique book combines empirical research, theoretical papers, and first-person narrative to address issues relevant to providing therapy to biracial women and girls, helping therapists and counselors develop a treatment framework based on sociocultural factors. Researchers, practitioners, and academics provide insight into the biracial reality, taking multiple aspects of clients' lives into account rather than looking for simple hierarchies of well-being based on race.

Biracial Women in Therapy is a building block for mental health practitioners in the construction of theory and practice in working with biracial females. The book examines how a biracial women's racial/ethic identity intersects with her gender and sexual identity to affect her sense of belonging and acceptance, addressing issues of appearance, social class, disability, power and guilt, and dating and marriage.

Topics addressed in the book include:
the complexities of multiple minority status
how ethnic differences affect biracial adolescents
issues encountered by biracial women from a sociohistorical context
biracial women's attitudes toward counseling
stereotypes of marginalization and identity confusion
a multicultural feminist approach to counseling
and a first-person narrative of one author's racial and sexual identity
development

Biracial Women in Therapy: Between the Rock of Gender and the Hard Place of Race is a one-of-a-kind resource for counselors, therapists, researchers, and academics seeking insight into unique issues of mixed-race women.

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What People Are Saying

Lisa Bowleg
A MUST-READ. . . . COMPELLING AND POIGNANT. . . . Enhances our understanding of what it means to be biracial and female in a society dominated by monoracial notions of identity and sexualized notions of biracial women. . . . Delves insightfully into a variety of biracial women's experiences.
PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Rhode Island
J. Tawa Sina
As a senior staff psychologist who takes pride in her supervision and training of junior professionals, I AM ADDING THIS BOOK TO OUR COUNSELING CENTER LIBRARY and assigning or recommending it to all interns and externs. In my opinion clinical or research competency cannot develop without personal and professional cultural awareness. Drs. Gillem and Thompson's book is a gift because it goes beyond content by lending itself to rich discussions that create diversity awareness and by providing practical applications.
PhD, Senior Staff Psychologist, Michigan State University Multi-Ethnic Counseling Center Alliance
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789021441
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/3/2004
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Biracial Women in Therapy: Between the Rock of Gender and the
Hard Place of Race
From Exotic to a Dime a Dozen
Utilizing the Strengths of Our Cultures: Therapy with Biracial Women and
Girls
Biracial (Black/White) Women: A Qualitative Study of Racial Attitudes and
Beliefs and Their Implications for Therapy
Understanding and Assisting Black/White Biracial Women in Their Identity Development
Negotiating Racial Identity: Biracial Women and Interactional Validation
Dating Practices, Racial Identity, and Psychotherapeutic Needs of Biracial
Women
When Face and Soul Collide: Therapeutic Concerns with Racially Ambiguous
and Nonvisible Minority Women
Counseling Biracial Women: An Intersection of Multiculturalism and Feminism
Depressive Symptoms and Attitudes Toward Counseling as Predictors of
Biracial College Women's Psychological Help-Seeking Behavior
Biracial Lesbian and Bisexual Women: Understanding the Unique Aspects and
Interactional Processes of Multiple Minority Identities
Conversations, Not Categories: The Intersection of Biracial and Bisexual
Identities
Out of the Closet but Still in Hiding: Conflicts and Identity Issues for a
Black-White Biracial Lesbian
Therapeutic Considerations in Work with Biracial Girls
Fitting In and Feeling Good: Patterns of Self-Evaluation and Psychological
Stress Among Biracial Adolescent Girls
Mixed Race Women: One More Mountain to Climb
Index
Reference Notes Included
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