Lesbians and Lesbian Families: Reflections on Theory and Practice

Lesbians and Lesbian Families: Reflections on Theory and Practice

by Joan Laird
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231102526

ISBN-13: 9780231102520

Pub. Date: 03/19/1999

Publisher: Columbia University Press

This cutting-edge collection of articles examines the sociocultural context of the lives of lesbians and lesbian families and reveals how new insights about lesbian identities, experiences, and relationships can be integrated into clinical theory and practice. A family therapist, Joan Laird presents several clinical approaches to working with lesbians as individuals

Overview

This cutting-edge collection of articles examines the sociocultural context of the lives of lesbians and lesbian families and reveals how new insights about lesbian identities, experiences, and relationships can be integrated into clinical theory and practice. A family therapist, Joan Laird presents several clinical approaches to working with lesbians as individuals and in couple and parenting relationships and to viewing sexual orientation in its full complexity of race, class, gender, and cultural identity.

Rich with clinical case studies and research on the everyday lives of lesbian families, this book includes chapters on the strategic language of self-disclosure, the family lives of lesbian mothers, and lesbian mothers who "come out" to their adolescent children.

-A wonderful collection of articles that will help to story and restory the lives of lesbians and their families. . . . I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in increasing their understanding of lesbians and lesbian families. -.K. Jean Peterson -editor of -Health Care for Lesbians and Gay Men. -Joan Laird courageously compels us to understand more clearly the everyday lives of lesbians and their families. This is an essential handbook for clinicians that is rich with clinical case studies. The authors focus on the special strengths of a group that defines its context usually from the margins of society. The assumption of heterosexuality in families is eloquently challenged. As Laird points out, working with lesbian couples may mirror the experience of working with any heterosexual couple or it may

be quite unique. -Jean K. Quam, Professor and Director, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231102520
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
03/19/1999
Pages:
384
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part One: Lesbians and the Social Context
1. Unconsciousness-Raising: Hidden Dimensions of Heterosexism in Theory and Practice with Lesbians; Elaine Spaulding
2. Ascribing Master Status to Lesbians: Clinical Echoes of Identity Dilemmas; Susan Donner
3. Gender and Sexuality in Lesbian Relationships: A Feminist Constructionist Perspective; Joan Laird
4. The Long Road to Equality: Lesbians and Social Policy; Ann Hartman
Part Two: Lesbian Couples
5. A Struggle for Language: Patterns of Self-Disclosure in Lesbian Couples; Tara Healy
6. Therapy with a Lesbian Couple: The Art of Balancing Lenses; Kathryn Karusaitis Basham
7. Object Relations Couples Therapy with Lesbians; Carol Sussal
Part Three: Lesbians Parenting, and Children
8. Lesbian Co-Parenting: On Being/Being with the Invisible (M)Other; Cheryl Muzio
9. Lesbian Parents: Understanding Developmental Pathways; Betty Morningstar
10. The Family Lives of Lesbian Mothers; Laura Lott-Whitehead and Carol T. Tully
11. Voices from the Heart: The Developmental Impact of a Mother´s Lesbianism on Her Adolescent Children; Ann O´Connell
Part Four: Special Themes in Theory and Practice
12. A Relational Perspective on Mutuality and Boundaries in Clinical Practice with Lesbians; Carolyn Dillon
13. Resilience in Lesbians: An Exploratory Study; Sandra Anderson and Barbara Sussex
14. The Application of Control Mastery Theory in Clinical Practice with Lesbians; Jo Nol


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