Handbook of Research with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations provides a detailed examination of the current methods and theoretical frameworks for conducting research with LGBT populations. Introducing greater nuance in designing and implementing research models for working with these populations, Handbook of Research with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations provides guidelines for defining these groups, strategies to obtain more inclusive and representative samples, and methods for engaging these populations to produce consistent and relevant data.
Collecting essays by notable researchers and scholars in the field, Handbook of Research with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations provides meaningful analyses of the ethics and practical constraints that researchers confront in dealing with LGBT populations--including protection of privacy--which is a special concern for many. For students, teachers, social workers, mental health professionals, and researchers of all backgrounds, this is an invaluable resource and guidebook for anyone seeking a better quality of understanding and engagement with LGBT individuals and communities.
Preface. William Meezan & James I. Martin. WHY DO LGBT RESEARCH? 1. What’s ‘Queer’ Got to do With It? Enlightening Mainstream Research. Perry Silverschanz. DOING IT RIGHT: ETHICAL STANDARDS IN CONDUCTING RESEARCH. 2. Applying Ethical Standards to Research and Evaluations Involving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations. James I. Martin & William Meezan. 3. Strategies for Recruiting and Protecting Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youths in the Research Process. Diane E. Elze. DOING VALID RESEARCH. DEFINING THE POPULATION AND SAMPLING. 4. Defining Sexual Identity and Sexual Orientation in Research with Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals. Cheryl A. Parks, Tonda L. Hughes, & Lisa Werkmeister-Rozas. 5. No More Lip Service: How to Really Include Bisexuals in Research on Sexuality. Paula C. Rodriguez Rust. 6. Sampling Approaches to Studying Mental Health Concerns in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community. Heather L. Corliss, Susan D. Cochran, & Vickie M. Mays. THINKING IN COMPLEX WAYS: APPROACHES TO CONCEPTUALIZATION, DESIGN, AND MEASUREMENT. 7. Self-Disclosure Stress: Trauma as an Example of an Intervening Variable in Research with Lesbian Women. Marion Swindell & Jo Pryce. 8. Dimensions of Lesbian Identity during Adolescence and Young Adulthood. Stephanie Swann & Jeane W. Anastas. 9. Timed Lives: Cohort and Period Effects in Research on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. James I. Martin & Anthony R. D’Augelli. MAXIMIZING THE VALIDITY OF THE DATA: "INSIDERS" AND "OUTSIDERS". 10. When Interviewing "Family": Maximizing the Insider Advantage in the Qualitative Study of Lesbians and Gay Men. Michael C. LaSala. 11. Researching Gay and Lesbian Domestic Violence: The Journey of a Non-LGBT Researcher. Joan C. McClennen. USING TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE THE RESEARCH ENTERPRISE. 12. "You’ve Got Subjects": The Promise of the Internet in Research with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations. Kristina Hash & Sharon Melinda Spencer. CHALLENGES IN DOING RESEARCH ON POPULATIONS AT THE MARGINS. 13. The Questions We Ask: Conducting Socially-Conscious Research with Transgender Individuals. Katherine Rachlin. 14. Issues in Conducting Empirical Research with Lesbian and Gay People in Rural Settings. Melanie D. Otis. 15. Methodological Issues in Conducting Community-Based Health and Social Services Research among Urban Black and African-American LGBT Populations. Darrell P. Wheeler. 16.Research with Gay Drug Users and the Interface with HIV: Current Methodological Issues for Social Work Research. E. Michael Gorman. ADDRESSING THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CONTEXT. 17. A Method for the Margins: A Trans Feminist Oral History. Darryl B. Hill. 18. Matching AIDS Service Organizations’ Philosophy of Service Provision with a Compatible Style of Program Evaluation. Sarah-Jane Dodd & William Meezan. 19. Social Work Research and the Law: How LGBT Research Can Be Structured and Used to Affect Judicial Decisions. Allan Edward Barsky. 20. Considerations in Choosing an LGBTTQ-Focused Scholarship Agenda in Social Work. Elizabeth P. Cramer. CONCLUSIONS 21.Doing Research on LGBT Populations: Moving the Field Forward. William Meezan & James I. Martin