Psychology and Sexual Orientation strives to "come to terms" with lesbian, gay and bisexual life and with the controversial scientific and sociocultural theories and arguments on the origin and meaning of homosexuality and queer life in the US. Janis M. Bohan disrupts conventional psychological perspectives on queer life and identity and animates the ongoing debate between essentialism and constructionism. Bohan discusses the meaning of sexual orientation; lesbian, gay and bisexual identity development and stigma management; diversity in experiences; partners and parenting; and lesbian, gay and bisexual communities.

chapter |10 pages


Coming to Terms

part I|49 pages

Conceptual Frameworks

part II|114 pages

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Identity

chapter Three|29 pages

The Question of Causation

Origins of Sexual Orientation

chapter Four|30 pages

Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity

Stigma Management, Identity Formation, and Coming Out

chapter Five|18 pages

Diversity and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Identity

Intersecting Identities, Multiple Oppression

part III|61 pages

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Relationships

chapter Seven|28 pages

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Families

Partners and Children

chapter Eight|22 pages

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Communities

chapter |9 pages


Coming to Terms