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Theories, Research, and Recommendations for the Invisible Sexuality

D. Joye Swan (Editor), Shani Habibi (Editor)


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This pathbreaking volume brings together a diverse body of sexual, behavioral, and social science research on bisexuality. Arguing for a clear, evidence-based definition of bisexuality and standardized measures for assessing sexual orientation, it spotlights challenges that need to be addressed toward attaining these goals.

The book's deep trove of findings illuminates the experiences of bisexual men and women in key aspects of life, as well as common mental health issues in the face of stigma, prejudice, and outright denial from the heterosexual and homosexual communities.

Throughout, contributors examine the paradoxical invisibility of bisexuality even as society and science have become more inclusive of lesbians and gay men, and emphasize the critical role of thoughtful, respectful support across societal and mental health domains.

Among the topics covered:

  • Defining bisexuality: challenges and importance of and toward a unifying definition.
  • Plurisexual identity labels and the marking of bisexual desire.
  • Binegativity: attitudes toward and stereotypes about bisexuals.
  • Female bisexuality: identity, fluidity, and cultural expectations.
  • Romantic and sexual relationship experiences among bisexual individuals.

Bisexuality is a substantial reference for psychologists, scholars and graduate students in LGBTQIA+ studies, and clinicians seeking both theoretical and applied perspectives on the research into bisexuality. It also offers instructors a supplemental research-based textbook option for teaching courses related to sexuality and bisexuality.

Springer, 9783319715346, 198pp.

Publication Date: March 19, 2018

About the Author

D. Joye Swan, PhD Dr. Swan has been studying sexual behavior for over twenty years. The common feature in all of her research is using social psychological theory to understand and change stigma and prejudice in relation to sexual minorities beginning with her research on aversive discrimination against homosexual males to her most recent research on defining, labeling, and understanding the origins and impact of biphobia. Along with Dr. Habibi, she has recently completed two large scale studies which follow up on and expand their research on how heterosexuals define bisexuality and under what conditions they will apply that definition to either males or females. Shani Habibi, PhD Dr. Habibi is an assistant professor of psychology at Mount Saint Mary's University and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her main research interests are in the areas of sexuality with a focus on bisexuality. She is trained as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist as well as a Systemic Therapist and has treated clients in a variety of clinical settings, including bisexuals. Currently, she educates marriage and family therapists on how to treat bisexuals in a clinical setting and is on the board of the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association (soon to be the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Psychotherapy Association).