Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identities in Families

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identities in Families : Psychological Perspectives

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Since the early 1980s, psychological research regarding sexual orientation has seen explosive growth. In this book, a companion volume to the editors' "Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities over the Lifespan", the editors bring together contributors to offer an overview of what we have discovered - and what we still need to learn - about the families of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.show more

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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0195110501
  • 9780195110500

Table of contents

I: Perspective on the Families of Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals. 1: J. Michael Bailey and Khytam Dawood: Familial origins of sexual orientation. 2: Angela M. Pattatucci: Biopsychosocial interactions and the development of sexual orientation. 3: Beverly Greene: Ethnic identity and family dynamics in lesbian, gay, and bisexual development. 4: Walter L. Williams: Lesbian, gay, and bisexual identities within families: Cross-cultural perspectives. II: Aspects of Family Relationships. 5: Ritch C. Savin-Williams: Parents' reactions to discovery of children's sexual orientation. 6: Steven James and Bianca Cody Murphy: Lesbian and gay couples. 7: Jacqueline S. Weinstock: Friendship and the family lives of lesbians and gay men. 8: Charlotte J. Patterson: The family lives of children with lesbian and gay parents. 9: Gilbert Herdt and Jeff Beeler: Older gay men and lesbians in the family. 10: Joan Laird: Intergenerational processes in lesbian families. III: Community and Contextual Issues. 11: M. Lee Badgett: Economic perspectives on the families of lesbians and gay men. 12: Cultural heterosexism and the family. 13: April Martin: Clinical issues for the families and gay men. Indexshow more

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"This book is probably the most comprehensive collection of recent studies on lesbian, gay male, and bisexual identity development in the context of family lives. It reveals the diversity of sexual orientations within family relationships, focusing on the perspectives of lesbian, gay male, bisexual, and transgender persons at various stages of the life cycle. Therefore, the present book examines behavioral genetic, environmental, cultural, social, and psychological factors which contribute to the development of queer (nonheterosexual) identities, same-sex partnerships and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender family relationships. . . . [T]his outstanding book enriches not only various research approaches in family studies, developmental, social, and clinical psychology, but enables one to redefine the traditional bifurcated knowledge of heterosexual gender identity within family lives in general."--Swiss Journal of Psychology"The book offers a wealth of information including valuable reviews of the psychological literature on multiple aspects of sexual orientation, sexual identity development, and the families of LGB [lesbian, gay, and bisexual] individuals. ... With less than thirty years having passed since the depathologizing of homosexuality, sexual orientation research still seems to be searching for its place in psychology. The progressive move that Patterson and D'Augelli have made in recognizing the need to address the role of the family in the lives of sexual minorities certainly gives new life to this search. This book reminds us that we have a long way to go to untangle the multiple facets of identity but offers many insights about how, within a psychological framework, we might come to comprehend the true nature of sexual orientation and to locate the role of the family in identity development."--Journal of Lesbian Studiesshow more

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