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Psychology and Sexual Orientation : Coming to Terms - Janis S. Bohan

Psychology and Sexual Orientation

Coming to Terms

Paperback Published: 24th September 1996
ISBN: 9780415915144
Number Of Pages: 284

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In recent years, numerous events have drawn attention to the place of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in society. Consider the litany: electoral initiatives to restrict "gay-rights;" contentious discussions about accepting gays in the military; incidents of appalling violence against lesbian, bisexual and gay individuals; court cases where the parental rights of lesbians and gays have been contested.
"Psychology and Sexual Orientation" strives to "come to terms" with lesbian, gay and bisexual life and with the controversial scientific and sociocultural theories and arguments on the origin and meaning of homosexuality and queer life in the US. Janis Bohan disrupts conventional psychological perspectives on queer life and identity and animates the on-going debate (still fresh among psychologists) between essentialism and constructionism.
Bohan discusses the meaning of sexual orientation; lesbian, gay and bisexual identity development and stigma management; diversity in experiences; partners and parenting; and lesbian, gay and bisexual communities. Writing in a language and style that will appeal to both the professional and lay readers, Bohan is an essential voice in the ongoing debate on the construction of sexual orientation and identity.

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"A welcome addition to the bookshelves of those studying the effect of sexual orientation on our lives...covers a wealth of theoretical and empirical material in highly accessible style and language." -"Psychology of Women Quarterly

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Coming to Termsp. 1
The (Uncertain) Meaning of Sexual Orientationp. 13
Heterosexuality, Gender and Heterosexual/Homophobiap. 31
The Question of Causation: Origins of Sexual Orientationp. 63
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity: Stigma Management, Identity Formation, and Coming Outp. 92
Diversity and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Identity: Intersecting Identities, Multiple Oppressionp. 122
Lifespan Development and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Identityp. 140
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Families: Partners and Childrenp. 177
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Communitiesp. 205
Conclusion: Coming to Termsp. 222
Referencesp. 237
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780415915144
ISBN-10: 0415915147
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 24th September 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.11  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1

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