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The Other Side of the Closet: The Coming-Out Crisis for Straight Spouses and Families

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Candid, compassionate, authoritative--a rich source of insights, information, and practical guidance. ""The first major work on the topic."" --Gay Community News ""A much needed comprehensive study of what happens to husbands, wives, and children during the coming-out crisis. --The Reverend Jane E. Vennard, founder Task Force for Spouses of Gays and Lesbians ""The new enlarged edition adds important factors, especially children's reactions to a parent's coming out. Well-researched and insightful."" --Fritz Klein, M.D., author of The Bisexual Option ""Anybody practicing in this area would be well advised to read this book."" --Professor Arthur S. Leonard, New York Law School In two million marriages, one spouse is gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Having a spouse or parent disclose his or her same-sex attraction is a shattering experience fraught with pain, confusion, anger, and a profound loss of self-esteem. Amity Pierce Buxton spotlights this exploding phenomenon and reports constructive coping strategies that spouses and children have used to resolve problems of sexual damage, family breakdown, deception, and homophobia. Illustrated throughout by riveting personal narratives, this expanded edition of The Other Side of the Closet traces the family's journey from initial trauma to eventual transformation. This invaluable source of information for spouses, families, and professionals is based on Dr. Buxton's eight years of research, including interviews with 1,000 straight spouses and children, her own personal experience, and her counseling work with spouses of gay, lesbian, and bisexual partners.

Synopsis:

Candid, compassionate, authoritative--a rich source of insights, information, and practical guidance. "The first major work on the topic." --Gay Community News "A much needed comprehensive study of what happens to husbands, wives, and children during the coming-out crisis. --The Reverend Jane E. Vennard, founder Task Force for Spouses of Gays and Lesbians "The new enlarged edition adds important factors, especially children's reactions to a parent's coming out. Well-researched and insightful." --Fritz Klein, M.D., author of The Bisexual Option "Anybody practicing in this area would be well advised to read this book." --Professor Arthur S. Leonard, New York Law School In two million marriages, one spouse is gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Having a spouse or parent disclose his or her same-sex attraction is a shattering experience fraught with pain, confusion, anger, and a profound loss of self-esteem. Amity Pierce Buxton spotlights this exploding phenomenon and reports constructive coping strategies that spouses and children have used to resolve problems of sexual damage, family breakdown, deception, and homophobia. Illustrated throughout by riveting personal narratives, this expanded edition of The Other Side of the Closet traces the family's journey from initial trauma to eventual transformation. This invaluable source of information for spouses, families, and professionals is based on Dr. Buxton's eight years of research, including interviews with 1,000 straight spouses and children, her own personal experience, and her counseling work with spouses of gay, lesbian, and bisexual partners.

Synopsis:

Based on five years of research, Buxton candidly looks at coming-out problems for the two million straight men and women who were or are married to a gay, lesbian, or bixexual mate. "Penetrating vignettes . . . (of) an often neglected group".--Publishers Weekly. Featured on "20/20", Oprah, Donahue, Sally Jesse, and Geraldo. (Amity Publishing)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [319]-323).

About the Author

AMITY PIERCE BUXTON, Ph.D., lectures nationally, conducts support groups and counsels spouses and ex-spouses of bisexual, gay, and lesbian mates. She chairs the International Straight Spouse Support Network of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). She also serves as spouse liaison to the Gay and Lesbian Parents Coalition International (GLPCI).

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

SEXUAL MISMATCH: DAMAGED SEXUALITY OF THE STRAIGHT SPOUSE.

Healing Sexual Damage.

TRIAL AND ERROR: CHALLENGE TO TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE STYLES.

Personal Stories.

GROWING PAINS: CONFLICTING ROLES AS PARENT AND SPOUSE.

Balancing Children's and Parents' Issues.

WHAT ABOUT ME?: IDENTITY CRISIS OF THE STRAIGHT SPOUSE.

Discovering the Authentic Self.

POWER OF THE LIE: THE SHATTERING OF INTEGRITY.

Reversing the Negative Effects of Deception.

FAMILY VOICES: AFTERSHOCKS IN THE CHILDREN'S WORLD.

Widening the Scope of Concern.

BREAKING THE MOLD: TRANSFORMATION OF SHATTERED BELIEF SYSTEM.

Creating a New Belief System.

BEYOND THE CLOSET.

Appendices.

Endnotes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471021520
Author:
Buxton, Amity Pierce
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Family Relationships
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Married people -- United States -- Psychology.
Subject:
Bisexuality in marriage
Subject:
Coming out
Subject:
Homosexuality -- United States.
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Subject:
Relationships
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. and expanded.
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series Volume:
no. 100
Publication Date:
19940607
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
354
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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"Synopsis" by , Candid, compassionate, authoritative--a rich source of insights, information, and practical guidance. "The first major work on the topic." --Gay Community News "A much needed comprehensive study of what happens to husbands, wives, and children during the coming-out crisis. --The Reverend Jane E. Vennard, founder Task Force for Spouses of Gays and Lesbians "The new enlarged edition adds important factors, especially children's reactions to a parent's coming out. Well-researched and insightful." --Fritz Klein, M.D., author of The Bisexual Option "Anybody practicing in this area would be well advised to read this book." --Professor Arthur S. Leonard, New York Law School In two million marriages, one spouse is gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Having a spouse or parent disclose his or her same-sex attraction is a shattering experience fraught with pain, confusion, anger, and a profound loss of self-esteem. Amity Pierce Buxton spotlights this exploding phenomenon and reports constructive coping strategies that spouses and children have used to resolve problems of sexual damage, family breakdown, deception, and homophobia. Illustrated throughout by riveting personal narratives, this expanded edition of The Other Side of the Closet traces the family's journey from initial trauma to eventual transformation. This invaluable source of information for spouses, families, and professionals is based on Dr. Buxton's eight years of research, including interviews with 1,000 straight spouses and children, her own personal experience, and her counseling work with spouses of gay, lesbian, and bisexual partners.
"Synopsis" by , Based on five years of research, Buxton candidly looks at coming-out problems for the two million straight men and women who were or are married to a gay, lesbian, or bixexual mate. "Penetrating vignettes . . . (of) an often neglected group".--Publishers Weekly. Featured on "20/20", Oprah, Donahue, Sally Jesse, and Geraldo. (Amity Publishing)
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