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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.
IntroductionPart One: Lesbians and the Social Context 1. Unconsciousness-Raising: Hidden Dimensions of Heterosexism in Theory and Practice with Lesbians, by Elaine Spaulding2. Ascribing Master Status to Lesbians: Clinical Echoes of Identity Dilemmas, by Susan Donner3. Gender and Sexuality in Lesbian Relationships: A Feminist Constructionist Perspective, by Joan Laird4. The Long Road to Equality: Lesbians and Social Policy, by Ann HartmanPart Two: Lesbian Couples 5. A Struggle for Language: Patterns of Self-Disclosure in Lesbian Couples, by Tara Healy6. Therapy with a Lesbian Couple: The Art of Balancing Lenses, by Kathryn Karusaitis Basham7. Object Relations Couples Therapy with Lesbians, by Carol SussalPart Three: Lesbians Parenting, and Children 8. Lesbian Co-Parenting: On Being/Being with the Invisible (M)Other, by Cheryl Muzio9. Lesbian Parents: Understanding Developmental Pathways, by Betty Morningstar10. The Family Lives of Lesbian Mothers, by Laura Lott-Whitehead and Carol T. Tully11. Voices from the Heart: The Developmental Impact of a Mother's Lesbianism on Her Adolescent Children, by Ann O'ConnellPart Four: Special Themes in Theory and Practice 12. A Relational Perspective on Mutuality and Boundaries in Clinical Practice with Lesbians, by Carolyn Dillon13. Resilience in Lesbians: An Exploratory Study, by Sandra Anderson and Barbara Sussex14. The Application of Control Mastery Theory in Clinical Practice with Lesbians, by Jo Nol
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