Relationship Education and Therapy for Same-Sex Couples

Pepping, Christopher A. and Halford, W. Kim (2014) Relationship Education and Therapy for Same-Sex Couples. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 35 4: 431-444. doi:10.1002/anzf.1075

Author Pepping, Christopher A.
Halford, W. Kim
Title Relationship Education and Therapy for Same-Sex Couples
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0814-723X
Publication date 2014-12
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/anzf.1075
Open Access Status
Volume 35
Issue 4
Start page 431
End page 444
Total pages 14
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The gay and lesbian community suffers higher rates of discrimination, mental health problems, and relationship break-up than their heterosexual counterparts. In this paper we analyse the challenges confronting same-sex couples, and the implications for couple education and therapy with same-sex couples. We describe some similarities in the challenges confronting heterosexual and same-sex couples (e.g., negotiation of shared realistic relationship expectations, effective communication). These similarities suggest existing evidence-based approaches to couple therapy and relationship education are likely to assist same sex couple relationships. We also describe distinctive challenges for same-sex couples (e.g., homophobic discrimination, internalised homophobia, and low support from many families for same sex relationships). These distinctive challenges suggest some adaptation of existing approaches to couple education and therapy could enhance their relevance and effectiveness to same sex couples.
Keyword Gay and lesbian
Same sex couples
Couple therapy
Relationship education
Heterosexual Married Couples
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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