Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youths and Adults: Knowledge for Human Services Practice

Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youths and Adults: Knowledge for Human Services Practice

by Mary (Ski) J. Hunter, M. Coleen Shannon, Josephine (Jo) G. (Gillis) Pryce, James I. Martin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803958862

ISBN-13: 9780803958869

Pub. Date: 06/25/1998

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Research-based, sensitively and accessibly written, this book provides the caring practitioner with a greater understanding of these often oppressed communities, and thereby a greater capacity to support individuals from them.

After an overview of the controversies regarding causation, the authors explore: heterosexism; development of gay//lesbian//bisexual

Overview

Research-based, sensitively and accessibly written, this book provides the caring practitioner with a greater understanding of these often oppressed communities, and thereby a greater capacity to support individuals from them.

After an overview of the controversies regarding causation, the authors explore: heterosexism; development of gay//lesbian//bisexual communities; identity development and 'coming out'; the family; life course development from adolescence to older adulthood; and guidelines for practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803958869
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/25/1998
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsix
Part IIssues, Oppression, and Community
1.Introduction3
Perspectives on Causes of Same-Gender Sexual Orientation5
Same-Gender or Bisexual Sexual Orientation: Choice or No Choice?6
Changing Views on Language6
Racial and Ethnic Groups: Terminology and Membership10
Perimeters: Who Are Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Persons?11
Problems With Numbers17
Research Issues17
Summary19
2.The Oppression of Heterosexism21
Terms and Definitions22
Different Levels of Heterosexism22
Mental Health Consequences of Heterosexism for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Persons31
Summary36
3.Development of Community and Culture37
History of Community Development38
The Personal Story of HIV/AIDS42
Community: Different for Women43
Contemporary Lesbian and Gay Communities44
Diversity of Communities46
Hostility of Lesbians and Gay Men Toward Bisexual Women and Men50
Summary53
Part IIIdentity Development and Disclosure
4.Coming Out57
Coming Out: Models, Critiques, and Missing Pieces57
Psychological Adjustment to Coming Out66
Summary67
5.Disclosure Challenges69
Dilemmas of Disclosure70
Dilemmas of Disclosure to Specific Audiences71
Disclosure Management86
Summary88
Part IIIFamily
6.Couples91
Couple Criteria and Terminology92
Desire for a Partner92
Meeting and Dating93
Linkup Arrangements for Bisexual Men and Women94
Linkup Scripts for Lesbians and Gay Men96
Linkup Themes98
Satisfaction With One's Primary Linkup99
Commitment and Duration104
Breakups: Contributions of Individual, Interpersonal, and External Factors107
Dissolutions and the Emotional Effects110
Summary111
7.Mothers, Fathers, and Children113
The Varieties of Lesbian and Gay Families With Children113
How and Why Lesbians and Gay Men Become Parents114
Interactions With Other Systems114
Research on Lesbian and Gay Families118
Services for Lesbian and Gay Families123
Summary124
Part IVLife Course
8.Youth127
Adolescence128
Young Adults on Campus137
Summary139
9.Middle Adulthood141
Lesbians at Midlife142
Gay Men at Midlife150
Summary154
10.Older Adulthood155
Positive Adjustment and Life Satisfaction: Overview157
Factors Contributing to Adjustment and Satisfaction157
Concerns and Downturns of Aging164
Community Services167
Summary167
Part VHuman Services Practice With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgenderist Clients
11.Affirmative Practice: Overview171
Mental Health Practice Before 1973171
Mental Health Practice Since 1973: Overview174
Ecosystems Model179
Summary182
References183
Index209
About the Authors221

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