Looking into the LGB affirmative therapies over the last fifty years – a mixed method review synthesis
AffiliationUniversity of Chester; Advanced Neuropsychiatry Institute, Kolkata
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Other TitlesAre therapy services really helpful for LGB populations?
AbstractIn the past few decades, affirmative therapies for sexual minorities have burgeoned. These are appropriate therapies but often there is a lack of adequate research. We set out to study the research evidence available. For this mixed-methods review, we identified 15 studies looking into the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in psychological therapies. These included nine qualitative, five quantitative and one mixed-method study. The minority stress hypothesis may explain some of the major difficulties LGB individuals face. Studies showed computer-based therapies may reduce or even eliminate unhelpful responses on part of the therapist. Challenges related to confidentiality and privacy in this context remain. Therapists may focus on minority stress but other stressors and not just discrimination may contribute to various mental health problems and their clinical presence. And finally, divergent findings found internalized homophobia may best explain discrimination-based minority stress and that therapist self-disclosure of own sexuality produced better results than the therapists who did not self-disclose. These findings are discussed and future directions for research are identified.
CitationBroadway-Horner, M., & Kar, A. (2022). Looking into the LGB affirmative therapies over the last fifty years – a mixed method review synthesis. International Review of Psychiatry, 34(3-4), 392-401. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540261.2022.2051443
PublisherTaylor and Francis
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