The Oxford Handbook of Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health

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Esther D. Rothblum
Oxford University Press, Jun 30, 2020 - Psychology - 984 pages
The Oxford Handbook of Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health provides a comprehensive and authoritative review of research on the mental health of sexual minorities-defined as those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or same-gender attracted; as well as the mental health of gender minorities-defined as individuals who do not fully identify with their sex assigned at birth, including people who are transgender or gender non-binary. The twenty-first century has seen encouraging improvements in sampling, methods, and funding opportunities for research with sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations; nevertheless, a key purpose of this Handbook is to identify lingering gaps in research in order to motivate future scientists to expand knowledge about SGM mental health. The volume begins with a historical overview, followed by sections on mental health categories/diagnoses (such as anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, and suicide) and specific sexual and gender minority populations (including examinations of diverse ethnicities and orientations/identities). The handbook concludes with chapters on stigma, the role of resilience, and future directions for research with SGM groups. The volume is aimed at researchers conducting studies on the mental health of SGM populations, clinicians and researchers interested in psychiatric disorders that affect SGM populations, clinicians using evidence-based practice in the treatment of SGM patients/clients, students in mental health programs (clinical psychology, psychiatry, clinical social work, and psychiatric nursing), and policy makers.

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Esther D. Rothblum, PhD is Professor of Women's Studies at San Diego State University and Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law. She is editor of the Journal of Lesbian Studies and was president of Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues) of the American Psychological Association. Her research and writing have focused on LGBT relationships and mental health. She has compared LGB and heterosexual siblings, as well as transgender and cisgender siblings. Since 2001, Dr. Rothblum has compared same-sex couples in legal relationships with their heterosexual married siblings. She has edited 27 books, including Lesbian Friendships, Preventing Heterosexism and Homophobia, Boston Marriages: Romantic But Asexual Relationships Among Contemporary Lesbians, Lesbians in Academia, and Loving Boldly: Issues Facing Lesbians.

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