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Social Work with Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals: A Strengths Perspective

By Katherine van Wormer, Joel Wells, Mary Boes

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jun 11, 1999

Table of Contents

Most chapters include “Introduction,” “Conclusion,” and “Definition of Terms.”

Preface.

I.THE CULTURAL CONTEXT.

1.Social Work Mission and Policies.

Mass Media Images.

Demographic Facts.

The Political Context.

Models of Homosexuality.

Nature versus Nurture.

Interaction Theory.

Other Psychosocial Theories.

The Strengths Perspective.

Social Work's Mission.

2.The Heterosexist Society.

Cultural Context.

Homophobia and Heterosexism.

Roots of Homophobia and Heterosexism.

All in the Family.

Biphobia.

Hate Crimes Worldwide.

Sexism and Homophobia.

Racism and Anti-Semitism.

Religious Fundamentalism.

Internalized Homophobia.

Prison World.

Implications for Social Work.

3.Strengths of Gay/Lesbian Culture.

Gay/Lesbian Culture.

Television Portrayals.

Poetry as Healing.

Music.

Recommendations from Film and Literature.

II.ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN.

4.Growing up Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual.

Identity Formation.

Living in a Heterosexist and Homophobic Culture.

Sexuality Education.

Feeling Different.

To Come Out or to Try to Be Invisible.

Minority Adolescents.

The Role of the Social Worker.

5.Sexuality and Homosexuality.

The Language of Sexuality.

The Effects of Erotophobia.

Discrimination under the Sodomy Laws and the Defense of Marriage Act.

Etiology of Sexual Orientation.

Sex Role Incongruity.

Research Findings.

Establishing Sexual Orientation.

Gay and Lesbian Children and Adolescents.

Establishing Intimacy.

Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals in Heterosexual Marriages.

Affectional and Sexual Expression.

Characteristics of Erotophobes.

Similarities in Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Sexuality.

Differences in Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Sexuality.

Safer-Sex Decision Making.

6.Gays and Lesbians in the Workplace.

Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals in the Workplace.

Employment Issues.

Employer Response.

Roles for Social Workers and School Guidance Counselors.

7.Aging Gays and Lesbians.

Lesbians and Aging.

Gay Men and Aging.

Living Arrangements.

Social and Psychological Adjustment.

Variations between Gays and Lesbians.

Long-Term Care for Older Gay Men and Lesbians.

III.SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH LESBIANS, GAYS, AND BISEXUALS.

8.Counseling with Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Clients.

Self-Identification.

Conversion or Ex-Gay Therapy.

Stages of Coming Out.

Social Worker's Role in the Coming Out Process.

Sex Therapy.

The Pursuit of Happiness.

Counselor Self-Awareness.

Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Therapists.

9.Social Work with Lesbians in Health Care Settings.

General Health Concerns.

AIDS.

Youths and Suicide.

Physical Victimization.

Battered Lesbians.

Substance Abuse.

Lesbians Who Are Disabled.

Social Work Roles.

10.Social Work with Gay Males in Health Care Settings.

Gay Men and AIDS.

Social Work Practice.

Health Care Provision.

Contextualizing Risk Factors.

Social Dimension of Healing.

Medical Treatment of HIV.

Racial/Ethnic Aspects.

Substance Abuse.

Hate Crimes.

Suicide Risk.

Domestic Assault.

11.Working with Families of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals.

Overview.

Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents.

Counseling Parents of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Children.

Couples Counseling with Gays and Lesbians.

Tapping into Strengths.

Glossary.

Resources.

Index.

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