Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Mental Health

Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

Life Isn’t Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between book

AUTHOR: Robin M. Mathy (MSW, LGSW, MSc, MSt, MA) and Shelly K. Kerr (PhD) (editors)
PUBLISHER: The Hawthorn Press
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2003
PRINTING: First
PAGES: 235
ISBN:
0789026821

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Publisher’s Description

This essential guide presents up-to-date, evidence-based information that can be implemented to improve mental health services for lesbian and bisexual women in a variety of settings. It examines the systemic factors that play a role in their psychological and emotional well-being, and presents new research on protective factors that play an important role when lesbian/bisexual women face depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.

Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Mental Health reviews the past literature on mental health and sexual orientation–citing biased and inadequate assessment, diagnosis, and treatment approaches currently in use in the care of lesbian and bisexual women. This essential guide for clinicians and researchers presents new empirical research on lesbian/bisexual women’s mental health. It explores specific challenges that face various lesbian and bisexual female populations, with research on:

— dysthymia
— depression and anxiety–including a chapter on depressive distress among African-American women
— the way that community size and religiosity impact lesbian/bisexual women’s psychosexual development
— the relationship between shame and a client’s attachment style
— the mental health implications of same-sex marriage
— mental health in Taiwan’s T-Po lesbian community–with a focus on community members’ sexual orientation, gender roles, and gender identity
— the interconnectedness of sexual fantasies, psychological adjustment, and close relationship functioning in lesbian/bisexual women
— body image and eating issues


As the diversity of this population becomes progressively more evident, so does the necessity for deeper exploration of the mental health problems facing lesbians and bisexuals. Whether you are a student, an educator, or an experienced clinician, Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Mental Health is an essential resource for relevant and meaningful information that focuses much-needed attention on the mental health of lesbian and bisexual women. 

Table of Contents

Forward: Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Mental Health by Beverly Greene, PhD, ABPP
— Introduction: The Human Ecology of Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Mental Health by Shelly K. Kerr, PhD and Robin M. Mathy, MSW, LGSW, MSc, MSt, MA
— Counselor Trainees’ Assessment and Diagnosis of Lesbian Clients with Dysthymic Disorder by Shelly K Kerr, PhD, W. Rand Walker, PhD, Dennis A. Warner, PhD, and Brian W. McNeill, PhD
— Depressive Distress and Prevalence of Common Problems Among Homosexually Active African American Women in the United States by Vickie M. Mays, PhD, MSPH, Susan D. Cochran, PhD, MS, and Michele R. Roeder, BA
— The Impact of Community Size on Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Pschosexual Development: Child Maltreatment, Suicide Attempts, and Self-Disclosure by Marc Schillace, Helen M. Carol, MA, and Robin M. Mathy, MSW, LGSW, MSc, MSt, MA
— The Impact of Religiosity on Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Psychosexual Development: Child Maltreatment, Suicide Attempts, and Self-Disclosure by Marc Schillace and Robin M. Mathy, MSW, LGSW, MSC, MA
— Lesbians in Psychotherapy: Relationship of Shame and Attachment Style by G. Beverly Wells, PhD
— Mental Health Implications of Same-Sex Marriage: Influences of Sexual Orientation and Relationship Status in Canada and the United States by Barbara A. Lehmann, PhD, Shelly K. Kerr, PhD, and Roby M. Mathy, MSW, LGSW, MSC, MSt, MA
— A Review of Lesbian Depression and Anxiety by Shelly K. Kerr, PhD, and Alice M. Emerson, PhD
— The Effects of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Role on the Mental Health of Women in Taiwan’s T-Po Lesbian Community by Mei-Fun Kuang, MPhil, Robin M. Mathy, MSW, LGSW, MSc, MST, MA, Helen M. Carol, MPhil, and Kazuhiko Nojima, PhD
— Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Sexual Fantasies, Psychological Adjustment, and Close Relationship Functioning by Jessica Dawn Robinson, PhD, and Carlton W. Parks, PhD
— Lesbian Body Image and Eating Issues by Paula Wagenbach, PhD
Index

Library Notes

Paperback. Good condition, some rubs on edges of cover, solid binding & clean pages.
Purchased secondhand by the library.