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Gay and Lesbian Parenting : Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy Monograph - Jack Drescher

Gay and Lesbian Parenting

Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy Monograph

Paperback Published: 29th August 2001
ISBN: 9780789013507
Number Of Pages: 165

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Find sources of support for raising a nontraditional family in a straight world!The experience of parenting is commonly overlooked in psychological theory, and lesbians and gay men are not typically considered as parents or parents to be. Gay and Lesbian Parenting examines the psychological issues related to developing family and becoming parents for gay men and lesbians. Instead of pathologizing gay and lesbian families, it explores the emotional growth and development issues inherent in child-rearing.Traditionally, coming out as gay or lesbian meant abandoning any hope of becoming a parent or keeping your children if you already had them. But with the “gayby boom” in full swing, more and more gay and lesbian couples are having new babies, adopting children, and continuing to raise the offspring of previous heterosexual relationships. Although gay and lesbian parents still face unique challenges in building and rearing a family, as well as the usual problems heterosexual couples encounter, Gay and Lesbian Parenting unflinchingly examines these concerns and offers positive suggestions and ideas for dealing with the difficulties. This life-affirming book takes a look at the practical and emotional realities of raising children in nontraditional family structures, including:

  • issues of kinship, shared motherhood, and possessiveness in lesbian couples
  • legal issues entailed by the lack of marriage and legal kinship
  • parenthood as a powerful force for personal growth and development
  • fatherhood as a process of creating connectedness in the family, community, and place of worship
  • original empirical research on the mental health of lesbians’children
  • the history of the gay and lesbian movement as it relates to child-rearing
Gay and Lesbian Parenting affirms the power of gay and lesbian couples to raise healthy, happy children and to change and grow through their experience of parenting. This book is also essential for mental health professionals from psychiatric nurses to psychiatrists who are working with the gay and lesbian community.

Introductionp. 1
And Baby Makes Three: A Dynamic Look at Development and Conflict in Lesbian Familiesp. 7
Lesbian Motherhood: Restorative Choice or Developmental Imperative?p. 31
Inevitable Disclosure: Countertransference Dilemmas and the Pregnant Lesbian Therapistp. 45
It's a Radical Thing: A Conversation with April Martin, PhDp. 63
Legal Issues Affecting Alternative Families: A Therapist's Primerp. 75
Families of the Lesbian Baby Boom: Maternal Mental Health and Child Adjustmentp. 91
Excerpts from The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthoodp. 109
The Circle of Liberation: A Book Review Essay of Jesse Green's The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthoodp. 119
Four Poemsp. 133
Blessingp. 133
Storage Tankp. 134
The Story of Lifep. 135
Little xxp. 136
Indexp. 137
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ISBN: 9780789013507
ISBN-10: 0789013509
Series: Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy Monograph
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 165
Published: 29th August 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.6  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1