Lesbian Health: What are the Issues?

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Phyllis Noerager Stern
Taylor & Francis, 1993 - Social Science - 151 pages
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The sexual orientation of lesbians is just one factor in their lives, yet providers of healthcare often assume everyone is heterosexual and counsel their clients accordingly. This book contains a series of scientific investigations by leading authorities in the field into multiple problems lesbians face when seeking healthcare. Should lesbians disclose their sexual orientation? Can it be kept of the record? Where can lesbians go if they feel unable to trust traditional medicine and what is the history of the scientific and medical community towards lesbians? How are lesbians viewed by college students today? Lesbians are treated in this book as women first; their sexual orientation is just one factor in their lives.
 

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Contents

A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE FROM 1970 TO 1990
1
USING BRONFENBRENNERS MODEL TO STUDY SEXUAL IDENTITY CHANGE
31
LESBIAN STEREOTYPES
41
REASONS AMERICAN LESBIANS FAIL TO SEEK TRADITIONAL HEALTH CARE
55
LESBIANS AS AN INVISIBLE MINORITY IN THE HEALTH SERVICES ARENA
65
HEALTH LIFESTYLES OF LESBIAN AND HETEROSEXUAL WOMEN
75
CARING FOR LESBIANS IN A HOMOPHOBIC SOCIETY
83
AN EXPLORATION OF LESBIANS IMAGES OF RECOVERY FROM ALCOHOL PROBLEMS
91
HOW DO LESBIAN WOMEN DEVELOP SERENITY?
109
LESBIAN CHILDBEARING COUPLES DILEMMAS AND DECISIONS
119
AN INVESTIGATION OF THE HEALTH CARE PREFERENCES OF THE LESBIAN POPULATION
131
THE LESBIAN CUSTODY PROJECT
139
Index
149
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