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ERIC Number: ED154257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 17
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Psychotherapeutic Experiences Among Gay Professional Women: Helping or Hindering?
Walker, Betty A.; Mehr, Marilyn
The purpose of this paper and film project was to examine the effects of psychotherapy on a sample of gay professional women. A videotape film of a group interview with six professional women between the ages of 30 and 50 was produced in which the following issues were discussed by the group members in the film: why they sought psychotherapy; what the attributes were that they looked for in a psychotherapist; how the psychotherapist's biases affected the therapeutic relationship; what changes occurred in their senses of self, sexual preferences, relationships with both men and women, careers, and willingness to disclose sexual preferences to others; and what recommendations they had for psychotherapists working with gay professional women. Following the group interview, the film concluded with a discussion by Dr. Evelyn Hooker, noted researcher on homosexuality, who provided guidelines for psychotherapists treating gay professional women. The most important concepts derived from this work are that great care must be taken in using any psychotherapeutic intervention or treatment based solely upon sexual object choice. The therapist must be aware of and reevaluate his or her own biases, attitudes and behaviors and their consequent effect on the therapeutic relationship in working with gay professional women. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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