Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An by Victoria Clarke, Sonja J. Ellis, Elizabeth Peel, Damien W.

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By Victoria Clarke, Sonja J. Ellis, Elizabeth Peel, Damien W. Riggs

This interesting and interesting textbook introduces scholars to the psychology of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, trans and queer lives and reviews. It covers a wide variety of themes together with range, prejudice, wellbeing and fitness, relationships, parenting and lifespan studies from adolescence to previous age. The publication contains 'key researcher' containers, which define the contributions of important participants and their motivations for accomplishing their examine of their personal phrases. Key matters and debates are mentioned during the ebook, and questions for dialogue and lecture room routines aid scholars mirror significantly and observe their studying. There are vast hyperlinks to additional assets and data, in addition to 'gaps and absences' sections, indicating significant obstacles of study in a selected sector. this can be the basic textbook for someone learning LGBTQ Psychology, Psychology of Sexuality or similar classes. it's also an invaluable complement to classes on Gender and Developmental Psychology.

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As we noted above, the inclusion of BTQ perspectives is controversial, but we very much welcome the expansion of the field in this way. Some of the more recently formed professional bodies reflect this wider remit in their title (for example, the Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Issues in the Canadian Psychological Association), and expanded titles have been called for in the more established professional bodies (for example, the Lesbian and Gay Psychology Section of the BPS was in 2009 renamed the Psychology of Sexualities Section).

Bisexuality. , LeVay, 1991). There is very little evidence supporting the proposition that bisexuality has a biological basis; however, some researchers have attempted to discover whether bisexuals are more like homosexuals or heterosexuals in relation to variables such as childhood gender nonconformity. , 1981). Trans. , 1995); indeed, some researchers have recently claimed that transsexualism should be understood as a form of neurological intersex (see Jeffreys, 2008). 27 28 history, contexts and debates the media and instigate debates about whether homosexuals are ‘born that way’ or ‘made that way’.

Conversion therapy implies wilfully turning someone from one state to another (Riggs, 2004a). The National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is a US organisation that promotes the treatment of homosexuality. Introducing LGBTQ psychology NARTH, alongside religious organisations such as Exodus International (that offers people ‘freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ’), views homosexuality as chosen behaviour and therefore open to change. As recently as 2003, a paper was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior by a prominent US psychiatrist, Robert Spitzer, reporting a study examining the effectiveness of conversion therapy.

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