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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology
An Introduction

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  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521700184

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  • This exciting and engaging textbook introduces students to the psychology of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer lives and experiences. It covers a broad range of topics including diversity, prejudice, health, relationships, parenting and lifespan experiences from youth to old age. The book includes ‘key researcher’ boxes, which outline the contributions of significant individuals and their motivations for conducting their research in their own words. Key issues and debates are discussed throughout the book, and questions for discussion and classroom exercises help students reflect critically and apply their learning. There are extensive links to further resources and information, as well as ‘gaps and absences’ sections, indicating major limitations of research in a particular area. This is the essential textbook for anyone studying LGBTQ Psychology, Psychology of Sexuality or related courses. It is also a useful supplement to courses on Gender and Developmental Psychology.

    • Pedagogical features – key researchers, key studies, highlights, summaries … enthuse students and help them think critically
    • Includes bisexual, trans and queer – students can differentiate ways issues relate to LGBT or Q people
    • Strong focus on psychological research and theories – ideal for psychology students and researchers
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    • Winner of the 2013 Book Award (Textbook Category), British Psychological Society

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Organizes a tremendous amount of research to illuminate LGBTQ issues including identity development, health, relationships, parenting, and diversity. This book will engage students in thinking critically about LGBTQ psychology and provide practicing psychologists and researchers with new insights."
    Mary Crawford, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Connecticut

    "Comprehensive in focus, international in outlook, and critical in orientation, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology is a groundbreaking text, and a welcome addition. As the first real textbook of LGBTQ psychology, it reveals the breadth and depth – the richness and diversity – of a field often ignored by the mainstream of the discipline. Written with an engaging active voice, it encourages the reader both to learn this field, and critically engage with it and its place within the wider discipline of psychology. Whether it’s used for teaching a course specifically on LGBTQ psychology, or to integrate LGBTQ perspectives fully into teaching another area of psychology, it provides an excellent resource for students and academics alike."
    Virginia Braun, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Auckland

    "A wonderful, wide-ranging and much-needed introduction to the field of LGBTQ psychology. This unique book draws together both classic and cutting edge psychological research, and provides thoughtful and balanced reflection throughout. A must-read for any student of sexuality, or anybody in the LGBTQ world who wants to be familiar with the literature."
    Meg Barker, Lecturer in Psychology, The Open University

    "This book is not only well written but designed in a way that makes it an easy read … As a whole, this book provides realistic ways of creating change, fosters understanding, and challenges the reader to be wary of the ways in which traditional norms can be harmful to LGBTQ people. It is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in LGBTQ psychology and should be of particular interest to professionals and students in the field of psychology. By incorporating the important topics and suggestions included in this book, the field can move toward more fully becoming 'a psychology of people'."
    Andrea Guschlbauer and Nathan Grant Smith, McGill University, Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521700184
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: how to read and use this book
    Part I. History, Contexts and Debates in LGBTQ Psychology:
    1. Introducing LGBTQ psychology
    2. Key debates and perspectives
    3. Doing LGBTQ psychological research
    Part II. Understanding Social Marginalisation in LGBTQ Lives:
    4. Diversity
    5. Prejudice and discrimination
    6. Health
    Part III. LGBTQ Experiences Across the Lifespan:
    7. Young people, coming out and identity development
    8. Relationships
    9. Parenting and family
    10. Ageing and old age
    11. The future of LGBTQ psychology

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Contemporary Trends in Psychology
    • Counseling GLBT Persons
    • Cultural Diversity in Clinical Psychology
    • Gender and Identity: Introduction to Queer Studies
    • Gender and Sexual Identities
    • Gender and Sexuality
    • Homosexuality
    • Human Sexuality
    • Human Sexuality in Social Work Practice
    • Introduction to Biomedical Electronics
    • Introduction to Biomedical Equipment Technology
    • Issues in Human Sexuality
    • Issues in LGBT Psychology
    • LGBT Psychology
    • LGBTQ Psychology: Health in Societal Context
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
    • Literature and Mental Illness Cluster
    • Love & Sexuality
    • Medical Instrumentation Design
    • Multicultural Counseling
    • Practicum in Multicultural Counseling Interventions
    • Psychology of Gender
    • Psychology of Gender Roles
    • Psychology of Human Sexuality
    • Psychology of Lesbian and Gay Identities
    • Psychology of Sex and Gender
    • Psychology of Sexual Orientation
    • Psychology of the Lesbian and Gay Experience
    • Sex and Society
    • Sexual Identity Over the Lifespan
    • Sexual Identity and Society
    • Sexuality And Alternative Lifestyles
    • Sociology of Deviant Behavior
    • The Social Psychology of Sexual Orientation
    • Transforming Racism and Heterosexism
  • Authors

    Victoria Clarke, University of the West of England, Bristol
    Victoria Clarke is a Reader in Sexuality Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

    Sonja J. Ellis, Sheffield Hallam University
    Sonja J. Ellis is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University.

    Elizabeth Peel, Aston University
    Elizabeth Peel is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Aston University, Birmingham.

    Damien W. Riggs, University of Adelaide
    Damien W. Riggs is Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide and Lecturer in the School of Social Work at Flinders University.


    • Winner of the 2013 Book Award (Textbook Category), British Psychological Society

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