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Social Work with Lesbian Parent Families: Ecological Perspectives / Edition 1

Social Work with Lesbian Parent Families: Ecological Perspectives / Edition 1

by Lucy R Mercier, Rena D Harold


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560237556
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/04/2008
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Lucy R. Mercier is Associate Professor of Social Work and Youth Services and Field Education Coordinator at Saginaw Valley State University.

Rena D. Harold is Professor and Associate Director of the School of Social Work at Michigan State University.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface: We Are Family: Lesbian Parenting Lucy R. Mercier and Rena D. Harold
  2. Becoming Parents: Lesbian Mothers’ Adoption Experience Scott Ryan and Courtney Whitlock
  3. Lesbian Parents and Work: Stressors and Supports for the Work-Family Interface Lucy R. Mercier
  4. A Model for Policy Analysis Applied to the Goodridge Case Misty L. Wall
  5. Lesbian Parent Activism and Meaning-Making in the Current Political Environment: One Community’s Story Barbara L. Jones and Tanya M. Voss
  6. How Heterosexism Plagues Practitioners in Services for Lesbians and Their Families: An Exploratory Study Sandra C. Anderson and Mindy Holliday

What People are Saying About This

David Jenkins

Dr. Mercier and Dr. Harold have pulled together A POWERFUL COLLECTION OF WORKS ON LESBIAN PARENT FAMILIES. . . . FILLS A VOID IN THE FAMILY LITERATURE by continuing to challenge the heterosexism that exists in our conception of family and pushing us to further examine the complexities of lesbian families. Through this work, Dr. Mercier and Dr. Harold are promoting maturity in the academic scholarship on lesbian parents and the relationships of these families with social service providers. This type of work is critical because it deepens our understanding of and respect for the strengths found in lesbian parent families. (David Jenkins, PhD, LCSW, Department Chair & Associate Professor of Social Work, Texas Christian University; former co-chair of the CSWE Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression)

Lisa Colarossi

Conveys IMPORTANT AND TIMELY research, policy, and practice information related to lesbians and their families, including same sex marriage, adoption, work and family intersections, activism, and social services. The topical range of research enables readers to understand the concerns of lesbian families from multiple ecological systems including the individual and the family as well as communities and broader sociopolitical systems. . . . MAKES A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE LITERATURE on women's issues and social justice, as well as providing directions for future research on alternative family structures, the challenges faced by lesbian families and the strengths exhibited in the face of these challenges. . . . A USEFUL RESOURCE FOR RESEARCHERS AND PRACTITIONERS ALIKE. (Lisa Colarossi, PhD, LCSW, Director of Research & Evaluation, Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.)

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