Positioning Identities: Lesbians' and Gays' Experiences with Mental Health Care
by Hazel K Platzer (9781598742923)

Positioning Identities: Lesbians' and Gays' Experiences with Mental Health Care
 

Hazel K Platzer


Release Date: 01 June 2006
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 204
Category: Mental Health Services
Publisher: Qual Institute Press
ISBN: 9781598742923
ISBN-10: 1598742922



How do lesbians and gays negotiate their sexual identities in mental health care contexts? How do they manage the institutional homophobia and heterosexism embedded in health care practice and practitioners? Using interpretive phenomenology, Hazel Platzer overturns limiting dualisms to describe the ways in which lesbians and gays are silenced and pathologized in their mental health care encounters, how they resist, and how their resistance can restrict access to care. She highlights the difficulties of researching a sensitive topic with a relatively ahiddena population, and devises innovative techniques for handling bias and a multi-methods approach to the phenomenological study of experience and identities. She then offers proactive steps toward creating a health care environment in which lesbian and gay identities are normalized, improving both access to and quality of health care.

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