Marriage and family therapists' comfort working with lesbian and gay male clients: the influence of religious practices and support for lesbian and gay male human rights

J Homosex. 2010;57(10):1258-73. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2010.517072.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore potential influences on marriage and family therapists' comfort level when working with lesbian and gay male clients, including sex, age, race, sexual orientation, political orientation, religious practices of the therapist, as well as the level of support for lesbian and gay male human rights. Participants in this study were 199 experienced therapists. Results indicated that higher levels of religious practices were related to lower levels of support for lesbian and gay male human rights and to lower levels of comfort working with lesbian and gay male clients. When support for lesbian and gay male human rights was considered, the level of religious practices was no longer predictive of comfort working with lesbian and gay male clients.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Family Therapy*
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female*
  • Homosexuality, Male*
  • Human Rights*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marital Therapy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Religion and Sex*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires