Homophobia

Overview

Many gays and simpatico straights view homophobia as a problem for gays and lesbians, but not as a treatable disorder. This book attempts to pathologize most forms of homophobia—to view homophobia as a symptom of an emotional disorder. Homophobia is studied from a developmental perspective, showing how it originates in the homophobe's early relationships. With a scientifically-based eclectic treatment approach, this work uses psychodynamic, interpersonal, existential, cognitive/behavioral, and supportive ...

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Overview

Many gays and simpatico straights view homophobia as a problem for gays and lesbians, but not as a treatable disorder. This book attempts to pathologize most forms of homophobia—to view homophobia as a symptom of an emotional disorder. Homophobia is studied from a developmental perspective, showing how it originates in the homophobe's early relationships. With a scientifically-based eclectic treatment approach, this work uses psychodynamic, interpersonal, existential, cognitive/behavioral, and supportive techniques to treat homophobes and to help gays and lesbians who are the recipients of the manifestations of this emotional disorder.

Though about homophobia, this book is also meant to shed light on other forms of bigotry, from anti-Semitism to xenophobia. It will be of interest to gays and lesbians, sympathetic heterosexuals, therapists, and faculty and students in gay and lesbian studies.

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Psychiatric scholar Kantor disagrees with the view that homophobia is simple a bad attitude or a political position, and analyzes it as an emotional disorder or symptom structurally akin to a psychopathic act or a paranoid delusion. He describes the general attributes of homophobia, distinguishes different kinds, explores some possible causes, develops a treatment program, and suggests how gays and lesbians can better deal with homophobia based on his scientific approach. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275955304
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/1998
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTIN KANTOR is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 How All Homophobes Are Alike 3
2 Homophobia as a Manifestation of Sexophobia 13
3 Models of Homosexuality - I: The Homophobic Medical Model of Homosexuality 17
4 Models of Homosexuality - II: Other Models 39
5 Homophobia in Gays and Lesbians 51
6 Is It Ever Rational to Be Homophobic? 63
7 The Negative Effects of Homophobia on Gays and Lesbians 67
8 Paranoid Homophobes 75
9 Mood (Affective) Disorder Homophobes 93
10 Phobic/Avoidant Homophobes 101
11 Obsessive-Compulsive Homophobes 109
12 Personality Disorder Homophobes - I 119
13 Personality Disorder Homophobes - II: Hysterical (Histrionic) Personality Disorder Homophobes 131
14 Personality Disorder Homophobes - III: Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder Homophobes 143
15 Psychological and Biological Factors 161
16 Cognitive Errors 177
17 Treatment of Homophobes 191
18 How Gays and Lesbians Can Deal with Homophobes 195
Bibliography 207
Index 213
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