Psychological Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Male Experiences

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This innovative and wide-ranging psychology textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the central themes and issues in lesbian and gay male studies.

Garnets and Kimmel have extensively reviewed the published literature — from classical to the most recent — to compile this collection of primary-source articles representing the best current research and theory. The text gives particular attention to identity development, gender differences, ethnic and racial variation, long-term relationships, adult development, and aging. Contemporary topics are also considered, including the debate over "outing," the question of legal recognition of gay and lesbian relationships, parenting, and discrimination in the military. The editors' conclusion calls attention to the need for new models in clinical practice, research, and public policy.

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The articles are uniformly distinguished: well-written, conceptually very sophisticated, carefully researched. The editors provide an overall introduction to each of the eight sections, and a conclusion that treats implications of the articles for clinical practice, research, and public policy. Very highly recommended.
Esther Rothblum
This book is the most comprehensive work on lesbian and gay issues to date, and will be a classic in the field.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Lesbian and Gay Male Dimensions in the Psychological Study of Human Diversity 1
Pt. 1 The Meaning of Sexual Orientation 53
Contemporary Issue: Outing 56
1 Gay Politics and Community in San Francisco Since World War II 59
2 Components of Sexual Identity 80
3 The Context of Antigay Violence: Notes on Cultural and Psychological Heterosexism 89
Pt. 2 Origins of Sexual Orientation 109
Contemporary Issue: Choice versus No Choice 113
4 Recent Challenges to Traditional Assumptions about Homosexuality: Some Implications for Practice 117
5 Sin, Sickness, or Status? Homosexual Gender Identity and Psychoneuroendocrinology 130
6 Bisexuality: Some Social Psychological Issues 168
Pt. 3 Identity Development and Stigma Management 185
Contemporary Issue: Differences Between the Older and Younger Generations 188
7 The Formation of Homosexual Identities 191
8 Notes on the Management of Difference 218
9 "You're a What?": Family Member Reactions to the Disclosure of Homosexuality 248
10 Lesbian Career Development, Work Behavior, and Vocational Counseling 267
Pt. 4 Gender Differences in Roles and Behavior 287
Contemporary Issue: Homophobia and Antilesbian/Antigay Violence 291
11 Breaking the Mirror: The Construction of Lesbianism and the Anthropological Discourse on Homosexuality 297
12 On Heterosexual Masculinity: Some Psychical Consequences of the Social Construction of Gender and Sexuality 316
Pt. 5 Cultural Diversity Among Lesbians and Gay Men 331
Contemporary Issue: Racism in the Gay Male and Lesbian Communities 335
13 Persistence and Change in the Berdache Tradition among Contemporary Lakota Indians 339
14 Issues of Identity in the Psychology of Latina Lesbians 348
15 Gay Identity Issues among Black Americans: Racism, Homophobia, and the Need for Validation 364
16 Issues of Identity Development Among Asian-American Lesbians and Gay Men 376
Pt. 6 Relationships and Parenthood 389
Contemporary Issue: Legal Recognition and Spouse/Family Benefits 392
17 Lesbian and Gay Relationships 395
18 Lesbian Mothers: Psychosocial Assumptions in Family Law 420
19 Gay Fathers: A Review of the Literature 437
Pt. 7 Adolescence, Midlife, and Aging 459
Contemporary Issue: HIV/AIDS 464
20 Mental Health Issues of Gay and Lesbian Adolescents 469
21 Risk Factors for Attempted Suicide in Gay and Bisexual Youth 486
22 Existential Issues of Midlife Lesbians 500
23 Adult Development and Aging: A Gay Perspective 517
Pt. 8 Health 535
Contemporary Issue: Effect of Social Oppression on Health 538
24 The National Lesbian Health Care Survey: An Overview 541
25 AIDS: The Challenge to Psychology 557
26 Treatment Issues for Chemically Dependent Lesbians and Gay Men 567
27 Violence and Victimization of Lesbians and Gay Men: Mental Health Consequences 579
Conclusion: Implications for Practice, Research, and Public Policy 599
Glossary 605
Acknowledgments 609
Index 613
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