Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Bisexual Couples

  • Kristin S. ScherrerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_485

Introduction

Bisexuality is an often invisible topic even within scholarship on sexual orientation. Yet, for several reasons, bisexuality remains an important topic within the field of couple and family therapy to examine in and of itself. First, bisexual people make up the demographic majority of gay, lesbian, and bisexual populations (Egan et al. 2007; Herbenick et al. 2010; Mosher et al. 2005), making bisexuality an important dimension of sexual diversity that practitioners should be knowledgeable about. Second, bisexual people face unique challenges because of their bisexuality – an experience that can be understood as biphobia. Biphobia is pervasive and can negatively affect bisexual people’s relationships to both heterosexual and gay/lesbian people. Biphobia also has profound effects on interpersonal relationships, such as in intimate relationships or within family systems (McLean 2007; Scherrer et al. 2015; Todd et al. 2016). Third, given the unique experiences associated with...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social WorkMetropolitan State University of DenverDenverUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA