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(p. 264) Sexual Orientation 

(p. 264) Sexual Orientation
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(p. 264) Sexual Orientation
Author(s):

Bonnie Moradi

and Stephanie L. Budge

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190843960.003.0009
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date: 10 December 2019

The clinical need for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ+) affirmative psychotherapies has been widely recognized; however, empirical research on the outcomes of such psychotherapies is limited. This chapter begins by offering definitions and delineating four key themes of LGBQ+ affirmative psychotherapies. The authors conceptualize LGBQ+ affirmative psychotherapies not as sexual orientation group specific but rather as considerations and practices that can be applied with all clients. The chapter then summarizes a search for studies to attempt a meta-analysis and discusses limitations and directions for research based on this search. The chapter ends by delineating diversity considerations and recommending therapeutic practices for advancing affirmative psychotherapy with clients of all sexual orientations.

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