Our health, our say: Towards a feminist perspective of lesbian health psychology.

Date

2009

Advisors

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

1461-7161
0959-3535

Volume Title

Publisher

Sage

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Although women’s health has been a central concern of feminist psychology, lesbian health has been largely overlooked. Adopting a feminist approach, this article considers the distinctiveness of lesbian health psychology by examining the contexts for lesbian health. Notions of disease and risk have underpinned the endeavour of constituting lesbians’ health as a research discipline. Dominant traditions have established lesbian health psychology along key dimensions of difference from heterosexual women: differences in risk and preventive health behaviours, in healthy behaviours, in experiences of healthcare, in mental health and in experiences of discrimination. In this article, I propose an agenda for a critically informed perspective of lesbian health psychology and for explanations that do not reinscribe pathology.

Description

Keywords

activism, theory, heterosexism and homophobia, lesbian health agendas

Citation

Fish, J. (2009) Our Health, Our Say: Towards a Feminist Perspective of Lesbian Health Psychology. Feminism and Psychology, 19 (4), pp. 437-453.

Rights

Research Institute

Institute of Health, Health Policy and Social Care