Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/897
Title: Homophobia and the everyday mechanisms of prejudice: Findings from a qualitative study
Contributor(s): Bowers, R (author); Plummer, D (author); Minichiello, V  (author)
Publication Date: 2005
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/897
Abstract: This paper explores the meaning of 'homophobia' from a phenomenological, interpretative and social constructivist perspective. We postulate that homophobia is a useful repository for understanding experiences of prejudice and trauma expressed in 34qualitative interviews with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender clients of counselling and (heterosexual) counsellors. Homophobia can be further explained by examining mechanisms of social isolation – the ways that people deploy homophobic behaviours and thus, how minority people experience homophobia as isolating and alienating ineveryday family life. Experiences of homophobia and the fear of homophobia appear to be extremely powerful, formative, and often traumatic, with long term implications for individuals' adjustment and/or family functioning. The importance of a supportive therapeutic relationship is highlighted.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: cph Journal: Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health, 1(1), p. 31-51
Publisher: The Australian Counselling Association
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1832-1135
Field of Research (FOR): 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Other Links: http://www.cphjournal.com/archive_journals/V1_I1_Bowers_31-51_7_05.pdf
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