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Effects of an educational unit about lesbian identity development and disclosure in a social work methods course

Author: Cramer,-Elizabeth-P
Author Background:
Date 9/1/97
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Social-Work-Education
Volume/Pages 33p.461-72
Subject Matter Gender Issues
Abstract This article describes an investigation of the effects of a short-term educational intervention on graduate social work students attitudes toward lesbians and gay men, their knowledge about lesbian identity development anddisclosure, and their anticipated professional behavior with lesbian clients. The author describes the importance of reducing homophobia among social work students and presents a theoretical framework for the educationalintervention used in this study. Although knowledge acquisition significantly increased among students in both of the study s treatment groups relative to the comparison group, and although students from one treatment group showedsignificant improvement in their attitudes toward gay men relative to the comparison group, neither treatment group significantly improved in their attitudes toward lesbians or their anticipated professional behavior with lesbianclients relative to the comparison group. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.