Relationships | Violence | HIV and AIDS | Attempts to Change Sexual Orientation | Gay and Lesbian Youths | Aging Gay Men and Lesbians | Suicidality | Personal Attitudes of Providers | Socioeconomic and Other Factors | Issues Specific to Lesbians | Issues Specific to Gay Men
Many other factors affect the treatment of gay men and lesbians.
Many gay men and lesbians are in long-term relationships, and treatment
for these individuals clearly must focus on relationships, parenting,
and family concerns. The literature is extensive on the topic of
what constitutes a gay or lesbian couple or an extended family as
well as on the topic of couples and family therapy with gay men,
lesbians, and bisexual individuals (Cabaj 1988a; Cabaj and Klinger 1996; McWhirter and Mattison 1984a, 1984b).
The principles and techniques of couples and family therapy are
the same as with heterosexual patients and may need to be part of
the recovery process.