Not Just a Passing Phase: Social Work with Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual People

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Columbia University Press, 1998 - Social Science - 490 pages
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This comprehensive textbook helps social workers understand and meet the needs of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. It outlines approaches to a range of everyday problems associated with issues of oppression, family acceptance, shame, identity development, HIV disease, and addiction.

The first of the book's three sections provides an overview of what it means to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and locates the text within the ecological model of social work on individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels of intervention. This section includes definitions of sexual orientation, forms of heterosexism and homophobia, and issues of community among gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. The second section covers life transitions, including childhood, adolescence, and late life, as well as sexual relationships, parenting, and life in the workplace. The last part covers the special issues and challenges of mental health, substance abuse, violence (both "gay bashing" and domestic violence), and HIV disease. The final chapter pulls together the practice concepts introduced in the book and provides a blueprint for knowledge development and dissemination in the field.

 

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Contents

Gay Lesbian and Bisexual Identities
45
Culture Community and Diversity
77
Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Orientation in Childhood
123
Between Men Between Women
145
Gay Lesbian and Bisexual Parents and Their Children 7 77
177
Gay Lesbian and Bisexual People in the World of Work
213
Nancy A Humphreys and Jean K Quam
245
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
271
Affirming Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Lives
383
Resources
411
Exercises for the Classroom
417
Notes
437
Index
479
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About the author (1998)

Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.