Not Just a Passing Phase: Social Work with Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual People / Edition 1

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This comprehensive textbook helps social workers understand and meet the needs of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. It outlines approaches to a range of everyday problems associated with issues of oppression, family acceptance, shame, identity development, HIV disease, and addiction.

The first of the book's three sections provides an overview of what it means to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and locates the text within the ecological model of social work on individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels of intervention. This section includes definitions of sexual orientation, forms of heterosexism and homophobia, and issues of community among gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. The second section covers life transitions, including childhood, adolescence, and late life, as well as sexual relationships, parenting, and life in the workplace. The last part covers the special issues and challenges of mental health, substance abuse, violence (both "gay bashing" and domestic violence), and HIV disease. The final chapter pulls together the practice concepts introduced in the book and provides a blueprint for knowledge development and dissemination in the field.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Lesbian Review of Books
An excellent text and reference work..... It can stand alone as an excellent sourcebook for many people.

— Barbara W. Gerber

A wonderful addition to the professional's library, and, as many of my master's level students can attest, it provides an excellent, in-depth scholarly coverage of a topic that has been long overlooked.... A rich concoction of thoughtful scholarship and thoughtful analysis.
Lesbian Review of Books - Barbara W. Gerber
An excellent text and reference work..... It can stand alone as an excellent sourcebook for many people.
Barbara W. Gerber
An excellent text and reference work. . . . . It can stand alone as an excellent sourcebook for many people.
This text is designed to prepare social workers to better assess the concerns, problems, and issues presented by gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients and their families. The authors survey current scholarship, providing a foundation for the subject. Then they address the special needs of gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents as well as as older people, and discuss important issues such as HIV and AIDS, violence, and mental health. Paper edition (10323-9), $21.50. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231103237
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/1998
  • Series: Foundations of Social Work Knowledge Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Context, Definitions, and Community An Overview Homophobia and HeterosexismUnderstanding the Context of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Lives Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual IdentitiesDefinitions and Dilemmas Culture, Community, and DiversityPart 2: Life Transitions Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Orientation in Childhood and Adolescence Between Men, Between WomenSexual and Intimate RelationshipsGay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Parents and Their ChildrenGay, Lesbian, and Bisexual People in the World of Work Middle-Aged and Old Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual AdultsPart 3: Special Issues Mental Health Violence in the Lives of Lesbians and Gay MenHIV Disease: A Social Work ResponsePart 4: Conclusion Affirming Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual LivesAppendix 1: ResourcesAppendix 2: Exercises for the Classroom

Columbia University Press

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