Gay and Lesbian Identity Development: An Overview for Social Workers

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Denise L. Levy Ph.D. LCSW, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Social work literature on the topic of gay and lesbian identity development is sparse. Although some texts do include sections on social work practice with gay and lesbian individuals, rarely is this information presented within the broader context of the history of sexuality and contemporary gay and lesbian theory. Practitioners, students, and researchers often have to look outside of the field to find resources on this topic. In an effort to advance social work literature, this article provides a comprehensive description of gay and lesbian identity development as well as recommendations for advancing the literature.

Additional Information

Levy, D. L., (2009). Gay and lesbian identity development: An overview for social workers. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 19(8), 978-993. Published by Haworth Press (ISSN: 1540-3556).
Language: English
Date: 2009