Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation

ISBN : 9780199765218

Charlotte J. Patterson; Anthony R. D'Augelli
332 Pages
188 x 259 mm
Pub date
Nov 2012
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A tremendous outpouring of psychological research on sexual orientation has occurred in recent years, and interested readers have been hard-pressed to keep up with the pace of scholarship in this field. In particular, the last decade has seen a great increase in research on psychology and sexual orientation. The first authoritative summary of its kind in this area, Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation is the primary resource for the many researchers, including a new generation of investigators, who are continuing to advance understanding in this field. Volume editors Charlotte J. Patterson and Anthony R. D'Augelli, along with other leading experts, contribute an extraordinary review of contemporary psychological research and theory on sexual orientation in their specific fields of work. The book is divided in four parts: Concepts, Theories, and Perspectives; Development over the Life Course; Domains of Experience; and Communities and Contextual Issues. Individual chapters focus on topics such as bisexual and transgender identities, biological foundations of sexual orientation, emergent adulthood in lesbian and gay lives, same-sex romantic relationships, sexual orientation and mental health, family formation and parenthood, sexual orientation and hate crimes, and race and ethnicity among lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities, along with many more relevant areas. This comprehensive volume will be invaluable to undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and scholars, and professionals who work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, and in the fields of developmental, social, clinical, community, and counseling psychology.


Part I. Concepts, Theories, and Perspectives
1. Concepts of female sexual orientation
Lisa Diamond
2. Gay male identities, desires, and behaviors
Jeffrey Parsons and Christian Grov
3. Bisexual identities
Sari Dworkin
4. Transgender identities: Research and Controversies
Francisco Sanchez and Eric Vilain
5. Biological foundations of sexual orientation
Alexander K. Hill, Khytam Dawood, and David A. Puts
6. Demographic perspectives on sexual orientation
Gary Gates
Part II. Development Over the Life Course
7. Sexual orientation in adolescence
Margaret Rosario and Eric T. Schrimshaw
8. Emergent adulthood in lesbian and gay lives
Bertram Cohler and Stuart Michaels
9. Sexual orientation in middle adulthood
Andrew Hostetler
10. Sexual Orientation and Aging in Western Society
Arnold H. Grossman, Michael J. McCutcheon, and John A. Frank
Part III. Domains of Experience
11. Sexual orientation, careers, and work
Jonathan Mohr and Ruth Fassinger
12. Same-sex Romantic Relationships
Adam W. Fingerhut and Letitia Anne Peplau
13. Sexual orientation and lesbian and bisexual women's health
Jane M. Simoni, Laramie Smith, Keren Lehavot, Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, and Karina L. Walters
14. Sexual orientation and gay men's health
Amy Herrick, Mark Friedman, and Ron Stall
15. Sexual orientation and mental health
Susan Cochran and Vickie M. Mays
16. Sexual orientation, family formation, and parenthood
Charlotte J. Patterson
Part IV. Communities and Contextual Issues
17. Attitudes toward sexual orientation
Stacey Horn
18. Minority Stress and the Health of Sexual Minorities
Ilan Meyer and David M. Frost
19. Sexual orientation, victimization and hate crimes
Kimberly Balsam and Tonda Hughes
20. Race and ethnicity among lesbian, gay and bisexual communities
Bianca Wilson and Gary Harper
21. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities
Esther D. Rothblum

About the author: 

Charlotte J. Patterson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Women, Gender & Sexuality program at the University of Virginia. Her recent work has focused on sexual orientation, human development, and family lives, especially on the development of children with lesbian and gay parents. Dr. Patterson is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) as well as of the American Psychological Association (APA), and is a past-President of the Society for Psychological Research on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues. Anthony R. D'Augelli, Ph.D., is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Outreach in the College of Health and Human Development and Professor of Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University. His work has focused on the development of sexual orientation, especially during adolescence and late adulthood.

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