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Homophobia : description, development, and dynamics of gay bashing
Kantor, Martin.
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1998.
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xv, 223 pages ; 25 cm
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1460 Lexile.
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This volume attempts to pathologize most forms of homophobia, and to view homophobia as a symptom of an emotional disorder. Homophobia is studied from a developmental perspective, showing how it originates in the homophobe's early relationships. With a scientifically-based eclectic treatment approach, this work seeks to use psychodynamic, interpersonal, existential, cognitive/behavioural and supportive techniques to treat homophobes and to help gays and lesbians who are the recipients of the manifestations of this emotional disorder.

Author Notes

Martin Kantor , MD is a Harvard psychiatrist who has been in full private practice in Boston and New York City, and active in residency training programs at several hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Beth Israel in New York. He also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical School and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey--New Jersey Medical School. He is currently a full-time medical author, the author of more than a dozen other books, including Homophobia, Second Edition (Praeger 2009); Uncle Sam's Shame: Inside the Veteran's Administration (Praeger 2008); Lifting the Weight: Understanding Depression in Men: Its Causes and Solutions (Praeger 2007); The Psychopathy of Everyday Life: How Antisocial Personality Disorder Affects All of Us (Praeger, 2006); Understanding Paranoia: A Guide for Professional, Families, and Sufferers (Praeger 2004); Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, Revised and Expanded (Praeger, 2003), Passive-Aggression: A Guide for the Therapist, the Patient, and the Victim (Praeger, 2002), Treating Emotional Disorder in Gay Men (Praeger, 1999), and Homophobia (Praeger, 1998).

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Kantor's book is a logical next step in theory and practice on homophobia. Between the 1960s and the late 1990s, psychologists have shifted perspectives from the belief that gay people are mentally ill, to the idea that gay people are mentally well adjusted, to the notion that homophobia is a form of mental illness among gay people, to homophobia as a form of emotional disorder in anyone who expresses it. Kantor lays out the last important step in this progression. The book clearly shows the models of homophobia and the outcomes for gay men and lesbians. The author relates specific aspects of homophobia to types of emotional disorders. For instance, he describes homophobia as linked to mood disorders, phobic/avoidant disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and various personality disorders. Kantor emphasizes, perhaps a little strongly, the psychoanalytic approach to understanding the causes of homophobia. He also provides a good description of clinical approaches to treating homophobia and excellent suggestions for how to combat homophobia on an interpersonal level. Although his book focuses on homophobia, its applicability to other types of bias, discrimination, and bigotry is unmistakable and compelling. All levels. A. C. Downs formerly, University of Houston--Clear Lake

Table of Contents

General Characteristics of Homophobia
How All Homophobes Are Alike Homophobia as a Manifestation of Sexophobia Models of Homosexuality I
The Homophobic Medical Model of Homosexuality Models of Homosexuality II
Other Models Homophobia in Gays and Lesbians Is It Ever Rational to Be Homophobic?
The Negative Effects of Homophobia on Gays and Lesbians
The Syndromes Paranoid Homophobes Mood (Affective)
Disorder Homophobes Phobic/Avoidant Homophobes Obsessive-Compulsive Homophobes
Personality Disorder Homophobes I
Personality Disorder Homophobes II
Hysterical (Histrionic) Personality Disorder Homophobes Personality Disorder Homophobes III
Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder Homophobes Cause Psychological and Biological Factors Cognitive Errors Treatment
Treatment of Homophobes
How Gays and Lesbians Can Deal with Homophobes