Lesbians and Lesbian Families: Reflections on Theory and Practice

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Columbia University Press, 1999 - Social Science - 363 pages
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This cutting-edge collection of articles examines the sociocultural context of the lives of lesbians and lesbian families and reveals how new insights about lesbian identities, experiences, and relationships can be integrated into clinical theory and practice. A family therapist, Joan Laird presents several clinical approaches to working with lesbians as individuals and in couple and parenting relationships and to viewing sexual orientation in its full complexity of race, class, gender, and cultural identity.

Rich with clinical case studies and research on the everyday lives of lesbian families, this book includes chapters on the strategic language of self-disclosure, the family lives of lesbian mothers, and lesbian mothers who "come out" to their adolescent children.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Lesbians and the Social Context
9
UnconsciousnessRaising Hidden Dimensions of Heterosexism in Theory and Practice with Lesbians
11
Ascribing Master Status to Lesbians Clinical Echoes of Identity Dilemmas
27
Gender and Sexuality in Lesbian Relationships Feminist and Constructionist Perspectives
47
The Long Road to Equality Lesbians and Social Policy
91
Lesbian Couples
121
A Struggle for Language Patterns of SelfDisclosure in Lesbian Couples
123
Lesbian Parents Understanding Developmental Pathways
213
The Family Lives of Lesbian Mothers
243
Voices from the Heart The Developmental Impact of a Mothers Lesbianism on Her Adolescent Children
261
Special Themes in Theory and Practice
281
A Relational Perspective on Mutuality and Boundaries in Clinical Practice with Lesbians
283
Resilience in Lesbians An Exploratory Study
305
The Application of Control Mastery Theory in Clinical Practice with Lesbians
331
CONTRIBUTORS
345

Therapy with a Lesbian Couple The Art of Balancing Lenses
143
Object Relations Couples Therapy with Lesbians
179
Lesbians Parenting and Children
195
Lesbian CoParenting On BeingBeing with the Invisible MOther
197

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About the author (1999)

Joan Laird is professor emerita of Smith College School for social work, where she chaired the Human Behavior in the Social Environment sequence. Her most recent book (coedited with Robert-Jay Green) is Lesbians and Gays in Couples and Families: A Handbook for Therapists.

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