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Title: Religious Attitudes, Homophobia, and Professional Counseling
Contributor(s): Bowers, Randolph (author); Minichiello, Victor (author); Plummer, David (author)
Publication Date: 2010
DOI: 10.1080/15538605.2010.481961
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Abstract: During an Australian qualitative and empirical study looking at lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender client's experiences of counseling, and counselor's experiences of working with minority clients, a large body of unsolicited data emerged related to experiences of religious-based homophobia. Analysis of the data suggests that a lifelong process of posttraumatic recovery for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people follows prior experiences of religious-based homophobia. This paper discusses the sociological debate related to how counselors find themselves at the crossroad between a healthy lifestyle model of homosexuality based in well established contemporary professional ethics versus long standing religious-based attitudes and constraints toward homosexuality. This intersection of conflicting beliefs generates a controversial social and political environment in which counselors must make a basic decision to either support minority clients according to ethical guidelines or to side with socially conservative constructs that, rightly or wrongly, rely largely on Western religious traditions.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 4(2), p. 70-91
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1553-8338
Field of Research (FOR): 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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