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Social work practice with gay male couples

Author: McVinney, L. Donald
Author Background:
Date 1/1/98
Type Book
Journal Title: Mallon, Gerald P. (Ed); et-al. (1998). Foundations of social work practice with lesbian and gay persons.
Volume/Pages pp. 209-227
Subject Matter Gender Issues
Abstract (from the chapter) An understanding of presenting issues for gay male couples is enhanced by the social worker s attention to interactions of (1) gay male clients experience of social oppression, (2) issues of male gender role socialization, and (3) the gay male coupling structure. This chapter addresses process dynamics and structural variations as they apply to the issues of internalized homophobia, heterosexism, and gay identity development in gay male couples. Through an exploration of these factors, it is hoped that social workers can be assisted in formulating interventions that are specific to gay male couples. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)