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“The author aims to inform the reader of the differences and similarities between lesbian and gay couples and heterosexual couples on issues related to courtship, dating, and various approaches to having children... This book provides relevant and important information for anyone who wants to better understand the effects of heterosexism on the lives of lesbian and gay couples.”

—Shawn D. King. Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics Vol. 8.2

 

LESBIAN AND GAY COUPLES:
Lives, Issues, and Practice

Ski Hunter, University of Texas at Arlington

Lesbian and Gay Couples is an important addition to the literature on working with same-sex couples. Students and practitioners alike will find the depth of research in this text helpful in learning about alternative relationships, lifestyles, and how to support healthy same-sex relationships. Issues covered include relationship counseling, dating, parenting, recognizing intimate partner violence in same-sex couples, non-monogamy, marriage, and the importance of recognizing heterosexism (the system of bias and discrimination toward same-sex couples) in society and in oneself. The author believes that by acknowledging the existence of heterosexism, readers take the first step in diminishing its influence on the lives of their clients. Lesbian and Gay Couples is an important work for any practitioner’s bookshelf.

Features

  • Focus questions at the beginning of each chapter
  • Summaries at the end of each chapter
  • Discussion of queer theory and social work practice with same-sex couples

Contents
Introduction
PART 1: LIFE SPAN OF COUPLES
Chapter 1: Meeting Others
Chapter 2: Couples Who Have or Want to Have Children
Chapter 3: Satisfaction, Other Benefits, and Maintenance Behaviors
Chapter 4: Downturns in Couple Satisfaction and Breakups
PART 2: MICRO-LEVEL PRACTICE WITH LESBIAN AND GAY COUPLES
Chapter 5: Requirements for Micro-level Practice with Lesbian and Gay Couples
Chapter 6: Micro-level Issues and Practice with Lesbian and Gay Couples
Chapter 7: Additional Micro-level Issues and Practice
PART 3: OTHER ISSUES THAT AFFECT LESBIAN AND GAY COUPLES
Chapter 8: Coping with Heterosexism
Chapter 9: The Marriage Issue
References

Index

About the Authors

Ski Hunter (PhD, Ohio State University) is professor of social work at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has contributed over twenty scholarly articles to the field of social work, and Lesbian and Gay Couples is her ninth book. In addition to her academic and clinical work, Professor Hunter has done many workshops on the lives of lesbian and gay persons—workshops she greatly enjoys because her audience members connect to a community that was often neglected in their traditional studies. Professor Hunter continues to be passionately dedicated to the advancement of civil rights for the gay and lesbian community.

2012 paperback, 208  pages, ISBN: 978-1-933478-74-6  $34.95