ABSTRACT

Until now, sexuality has been treated as a specialist topic or area of specialist social work practice. This book cuts across all areas of the discipline. It examines the relationship between sexuality, sexual identities and intimacies and the life course, and showcases a range of issues pertinent to social work through these lenses. It opens up new possibilities for better understanding sexuality in social work, and contains empirical work and theorising about sexuality, intimacy and gender not currently found in a traditional course on life course theory and practice.

The chapters position new areas of scholarship in sexuality including trans perspectives, masculinities, bisexuality and the voices of other gender and sexual minority populations within a life course trajectory. Empirical research picks up on the broader public health and well-being agenda with a strong focus on challenging normative theories to promote human rights and justice for marginalised individuals and groups.

Sexuality, Sexual and Gender Identities and Intimacy Research in Social Work and Social Care will significantly enhance any core texts on life course theory and practice, anti-oppression and anti-discriminatory theories for professionals. It should be considered essential reading for academics, practitioners and undergraduate and postgraduate students.

chapter 1|10 pages

Sexuality, sexual and gender identities and intimacy research in social work and social care

What does the life course lens have to offer?
ByTrish Hafford-Letchfield, Priscilla Dunk-West

chapter 2|16 pages

Gender non-conforming children, trans youth and their family

Identifying best evidences and practices for social work interventions
ByAnnie Pullen Sansfaçon

chapter 3|22 pages

Combatting homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools through family engagement

ByTrish Hafford-Letchfield, Christine Cocker, Peter Ryan, Mary Martin, Rosalind Scott, Sarah Carr

chapter 4|20 pages

Intimacy in young women’s friendships

Symbols and rituals
ByKatie Letchfield, Trish Hafford-Letchfield

chapter 5|17 pages

Home and ‘hood’

Middle-aged gay men’s stories of homes and neighbourhoods
ByPaul Simpson

chapter 6|15 pages

Transgender people negotiating intimate relationships

ByDamien W. Riggs, Henry von Doussa, Jennifer Power

chapter 7|20 pages

‘Out’ and about at work

Institutionalised heteronormativity on relationships and employment
ByAlfonso Pezzella

chapter 8|13 pages

Measuring relationship quality in an international study

Exploratory and confirmatory factor validity 1
ByJill M. Chonody, Jacqui Gabb, Mike Killian, Priscilla Dunk-West

chapter 9|13 pages

Bisexuality and ageing

Why it matters for social work practice
ByKathryn Almack, Rebecca L. Jones, Rachael M. Scicluna

chapter 10|21 pages

Single women living alone in later life

Evidence from Understanding Society data
ByHafiz T.A. Khan, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Nicky Lambert

chapter 11|21 pages

Stories of intimacy and sexuality in later life

Solo women speak
ByNicky Lambert, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Hafiz T.A. Khan, Dominique Brady, Ellouise Long, Lisa Clarke

chapter 12|5 pages

Sexuality, gender and intimacy, reflecting on professional practice

ByPriscilla Dunk-West, Trish Hafford-Letchfield