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ERIC Number: ED437677
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 11
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Theory and Research in Gay and Lesbian Relationships.
DeVito, Joseph A.
This paper addresses the need for gay and lesbian relationship research and theory and some of the directions such research and theory might take. It suggests academic research into gay and lesbian relationships is needed because these relationships are a fact of modern life and are different from heterosexual relationships, and because such research and theory is prerequisite to advice, remediation, and/or intervention and will contribute to relationship understanding as a whole. Socio-political needs for research and theory are based on legitimization and the ability to use knowledge to lessen fear and discrimination and to secure equitable rights. The paper concludes that research directions might include: (1) application of heterosexual relationship study approaches to homosexual relationships; (2) examination of patterns of relationship development in gay and lesbian couples; (3) workplace studies and discrimination; (4) violence; (5) exploration of cultural influences and attitudes toward gay and lesbian relationships; (6) the role of friendship; (7) erasing stereotypes, particularly in relation to social and political consequences; and (8) identification of advantages and disadvantages of affectional orientation self-disclosure. (Contains 31 references.) (EF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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