The Psychology of Lesbian Health Care



Lesbians have previously played a more visible role within the ‘psychology of health’ than they presently play. This previous concern was as a consequence of lesbianism being placed firmly within the sickness paradigm, and endeavours being focused upon the aetiology of the ‘condition’ and its ‘treatment’. Hence, efforts were directed at trying to establish what had ‘gone wrong’ with a potentially healthy individual to place her in this state of ‘illness’, and then how the individual could be returned to the supposedly healthy state of heterosexuality. It is not for the want of trying that such scholarly enquiry bore little fruit, and as lesbians are now seen less as a strange and rare ‘species’, the interest they attract within health psychology diminishes to that of little or no consideration.


National Health Service Sexual Identity Heterosexual Woman Lesbian Woman Bisexual Woman 
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