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Whether one defines sexual orientation as sexual behavior, self-identification, or attraction, sexual orientation is primarily about motivation. The same-sex marriage debate is part of a broader discussion about sexual orientation that we are having as a society. Many of the issues have or should be addressed by psychology and related fields, yet this literature is not yet well-known. Thus, the goal of this volume is to provide a forum for leading scholars to share their work on a variety of topics including the "coming out" experience, same-sex families, hate crimes and bias, and psychobiological underpinning of sexual orientation. Because gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their families live with an evolving legal status for their civing rights and protections, this volume also examines the topic from a legal perspective.

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"This volume is a snapshot in time of what we know about the sexual identities of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals. … it summarizes past research; more important, it presents a platform for launching future research. … Practitioners (e.g., counselors, therapists, educators, social workers, and even policy makers) and all students in training need to read this book. It is an invaluable resource for researchers seeking to push the boundaries of our understanding of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals." (Robert D. Brown, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 54 (42), 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387095554
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/12/2008
  • Series: Nebraska Symposium on Motivation Series , #54
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction Debra A. Hope Hope, Debra A. 1

2 How Many Gays are There? It Depends Ritch C. Savin-Williams Savin-Williams, Ritch C. 5

3 What is Sexual Orientation and Do Women Have One? J. Michael Bailey Bailey, J. Michael 43

4 Sexual Stigma and Sexual Prejudice in the United States: A Conceptual Framework Gregory M. Herek Herek, Gregory M. 65

5 An Overview of Same-Sex Couples in Relation Ships: A Research Area Still at Sea Esther D. Rothblum Rothblum, Esther D. 113

6 Lesbian and Gay Parents and their Children: A Social Science Perspective Charlotte J. Patterson Patterson, Charlotte J. 141

7 Love, Marriage, and Baby Carriage Among Sexual Minorities- and Bias: Discussion of the 54th Nebraska Symposium on Motivation Marvin R. Goldfried Goldfried, Marvin R. 183

Index 197

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