Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An Introduction

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-04-12
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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This exciting and engaging textbook introduces students to the psychology of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer lives and perspectives. It covers a broad range of topics including diversity, prejudice, health, relationships, parenting and lifespan experiences from youth to old age. The book includes 'key researcher boxes', which outline the contributions of significant individuals and their motivation for conducting research in this field. Key issues and debates are discussed throughout the book, and questions and classroom exercises help students to reflect and apply their learning. There are extensive links to further resources and information as well as 'gaps and absences' boxes, which highlight the major limitations of research in particular areas, encouraging students to approach their research critically. This is the essential textbook for anyone studying LGBTQ Psychology, Psychology of Sexuality or related courses. It is also a useful supplement to courses on gender and developmental psychology.

Author Biography

Victoria Clarke is a Reader in Sexuality Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Sonja J. Ellis is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. Elizabeth Peel is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Aston University, Birmingham. Damien W. Riggs is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide, and Lecturer in the School of Social Work at Flinders University.

Table of Contents

List of boxesp. viii
Introduction: how to read and use this bookp. xi
What's in this book?p. xi
Pedagogical features of the bookp. xiii
Our approachp. xvi
Who we arep. xvii
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
History, contexts and debates in LGBTQ psychologyp. 1
Introducing LGBTQ psychologyp. 3
What is LGBTQ psychology and why study it?p. 3
The scientific study of sexuality and 'gender ambiguity'p. 6
The historical emergence of 'gay affirmative' psychologyp. 12
Struggling for professional recognition and challenging heteronormativity in psychologyp. 18
Key debates and perspectivesp. 25
Social constructionism versus essentialismp. 26
Liberalism versus radicalismp. 35
The relationship between LGBTQ psychology and feminismp. 38
The relationship between LGBTQ psychology and queer theoryp. 40
The relationship between LGBTQ psychology and critical psychologyp. 44
The relationship between LGBTQ psychology and positive social changep. 47
Doing LGBTQ psychological researchp. 52
Research methods and approachesp. 52
Issues in doing LGBTQ psychological researchp. 64
Understanding social marginalisation in LGBTQ livesp. 79
Diversityp. 81
Understanding diversity in LGBTQ communitiesp. 81
Genderp. 83
Bisexualityp. 86
Trans and queerp. 88
Social classp. 90
Racep. 92
Organised religion and spiritualityp. 94
Rural lifep. 97
Abilityp. 98
Prejudice and discriminationp. 103
Sexuality and gender identity prejudice in contextp. 103
Sexuality and gender identity prejudice as anti-LGBTQ attitudes and behavioursp. 104
Sexuality and gender identity prejudice as social marginalisationp. 116
Healthp. 125
What is LGBTQ health?p. 125
Sexual healthp. 128
Mental healthp. 134
Physical healthp. 140
LGBTQ experiences across the lifespanp. 149
Young people, coming out and identity developmentp. 151
Young people, sexuality and gender identityp. 151
Models of LGBTQ identity developmentp. 153
Sexual fluidityp. 159
Disclosure to family and friendsp. 162
LGBTQ young people in schoolp. 165
Exploring identity and finding a communityp. 169
Relationshipsp. 173
Legal recognition of same-sex relationshipsp. 173
Comparing same-sex and different-sex relationshipsp. 177
Sexual practicesp. 181
Beyond the normative couplep. 185
Parenting and familyp. 194
Paths to parenthood for LGBTQ peoplep. 194
Comparing lesbian-, gay- and trans-headed families with heterosexual-headed familiesp. 199
Moving away from a 'proving otherwise' agendap. 207
Looking inside LGBTQ familiesp. 211
Ageing and old agep. 216
Age, ageing and ageism in LGBTQ communitiesp. 216
Styles of ageingp. 225
Issues in health and social care in old agep. 227
Bereavement and deathp. 230
Conclusionp. 239
The future of LGBTQ psychologyp. 241
Beyond the 'usual suspects'p. 241
Intersectionality and privilegep. 245
Applications of LGBTQ psychologyp. 248
Future directionsp. 253
Glossaryp. 257
Additional resourcesp. 272
Referencesp. 278
Indexp. 321
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