Trauma: Contemporary Directions in Theory, Practice, and Research is a comprehensive text on trauma, including such phenomena as sexual abuse, childhood trauma, PTSD, terrorism, natural disasters, cultural trauma, school shootings, and combat trauma. Addressing multiple theoretical systems and how each system conceptualizes trauma, the book offers valuable information about therapeutic process dimensions and the use of specialized methods and clinical techniques in trauma work, with an emphasis on how trauma treatment may affect the clinician. Intended for courses in clinical practice and psychopathology, the book may also be useful as a graduate-level text in the allied mental health professions.

Traumas of Development in the Gay Male

Traumas of Development in the Gay Male

Traumas of development in the gay male
JamesLampe, R. DennisShelby and BorisThomas

The challenge we have faced in writing this chapter is that of applying and expanding the organizing principles of trauma theory to include circumstances that may be experienced by developing gay (or “proto-gay”) males during childhood and adolescence without promoting the idea that all gay males are traumatized. The terms gay and proto-gay appear frequently throughout this chapter and refer to males who at some point in their lives choose not to hide their same-sex attraction, who seek to live openly in communities—whether small or large—as such, and who claim same-sex attraction as a portion of their identity.1

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