Textbook of Homosexuality and Mental Health

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Robert P. Cabaj, Terry S. Stein
American Psychiatric Press, 1996 - Medical - 978 pages
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Textbook of Homosexuality and Mental Healthbrings together in one volume the entire range of material and variety of perspectives concerning homosexuality and mental health. With more than 50 chapters written by leaders in the field, this book is the most complete review of the topics of homosexuality and mental health and treatment of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals to date.

Starting from the belief that homosexuality is a normal variation of human sexuality and not a mental illness, this revolutionary book presents current information on homosexuality from a mental health and medical perspective. Sections focus on demographic, cultural, genetic, biological, and psychological perspectives; development throughout the life cycle; relationships and families; psychotherapy; multicultural identities and communities; professional education; and medical care. A variety of special issues, such as sexuality, substance abuse, violence, suicide, religion, and HIV/AIDS, are discussed. Also included are several unique chapters that cover topics not readily available elsewhere, among them transsexuality; minority gay, lesbian, and bisexual people; the impact of the sexual orientation of the therapist; latency development in prehomosexual boys; and clinical issues specific to psychotherapy with gay, lesbian, and bisexual patients.

The clinical and theoretical richness contained in this volume makes it an accessible and invaluable reference for clinicians and the general public alike. Chapters complement each other, while providing enough information to be useful if read on their own.

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About the author (1996)

Robert Paul Cabaj, M.D.,is a psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with many years of clinical experience specializing in the treatment of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and people facing issues related to HIV and AIDS. He is an Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He served as Medical Director of Mental Health and Addictions for the Fenway Community Health Center—the largest center for the treatment of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and the HIV-infected in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been President of both the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists. Within the American Psychiatric Association, he has served as Chairperson of both the Committee on Minority and Under-Represented Groups and the Committee of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues, as the Deputy Representative for the Caucus of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Psychiatrists to the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and as a member of the Commission on AIDS, the Council on Addiction Psychiatry, and the Council on National Affairs.

Terry S. Stein, M.D.,a board-certified psychiatrist, is a Professor in Psychiatry and Director of the AIDS Education Project at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He has received numerous federal, state, and university grants and contracts for education of health care providers about HIV/AIDS and for research concerning the mental health needs of gay men and lesbians. A Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has served as Chair of the APA’s Committee on Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues, Chair of the Council on National Affairs, and a consultant to the Council on International Affairs. Dr. Stein is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy. He is Past President of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists.

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