Lesbian Family Life Cycle [NOOK Book]

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Until now, lesbian families have had little help in identifying the stages of their couple relationships or recognizing the often stressful periods of relational transition. In this first-of-its-kind book, psychotherapist Suzanne Slater describes the joys and stresses common to lesbian families and provides a five-stage model of the development of lesbian couple relationships, from formation through old age and death.

Drawing on sixteen years ...
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Lesbian Family Life Cycle

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Overview

Until now, lesbian families have had little help in identifying the stages of their couple relationships or recognizing the often stressful periods of relational transition. In this first-of-its-kind book, psychotherapist Suzanne Slater describes the joys and stresses common to lesbian families and provides a five-stage model of the development of lesbian couple relationships, from formation through old age and death.

Drawing on sixteen years of clinical experience and research, Slater shows that lesbian families with and without children have created their own richly diverse family patterns, extending both the parameters of coupled life and the very definition of what constitutes "family." She describes the tasks, challenges, and accomplishments particular to each stage of the family life cycle, and helps couples distinguish between normal developmental stresses and the unique difficulties of particular couples. She considers in detail lesbian couples' interaction with their original families, with the straight world, and with the lesbian communities of which they are a part. Through a range of examples and cases, Slater addresses how lesbian families are affected by their position in a homophobic culture and details the unique coping mechanisms that different lesbian couples have created. Most important, she emphasizes the sources of fulfillment common to many lesbian families.

In addition to educating lesbian couples and those close to them, this book will prepare psychotherapists to design more effective and informed therapeutic strategies. Instead of relying on theory based on heterosexual experience, clinicians can now base their interventions on what is normal for lesbian family life. The Lesbian Family Life Cycle will be invaluable reading for lesbian family members, their friends and relatives, and clinicians in a variety of helping professions.

Despite the rapidly growing number of lesbian families, until now little discussion has emerged of the specific developmental stages and common stresses lesbian couples face. In this first-of-its-kind guide, psychotherapist Suzanne Slater looks at the wide spectrum of lesbian families and presents a five-step model of the development of lesbian relationships.

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What People Are Saying

Stanley Siegel
Important reading for friends and families of lesbians and gays as well as mental health professionals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439106143
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/1995
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 265
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Suzanne Slater earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 1979. Since that time, she has specialized in working with lesbian individuals and families and maintains a private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts. Lecturing and writing on issues relevant to lesbian families' lives, Ms. Slater also serves as a member of The Stone Center at Wellesley College.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Enduring Realities of Lesbian Family Life
1 Lesbian Families 3
2 A Model of the Lesbian Family Life Cycle 15
3 Persistent Stressors in Lesbian Couples' Lives 37
4 Lesbian Couples' Strengths and Coping Mechanisms 63
5 Lesbian Families with Children 89
Pt. 2 Stages of the Lesbian Family Life Cycle
6 Stage One: Formation of the Couple 121
7 Stage Two: Ongoing Couplehood 149
8 Stage Three: The Middle Years 173
9 Stage Four: Generativity 195
10 Stage Five: Lesbian Couples over Sixty-Five 211
Conclusion 231
Notes 233
Acknowledgments 255
Index 257
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