Psychologists and students can now find journal articles on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations all in one place: A network of psychologists known as AFFIRM:Psychologists Affirming Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Family has created online bibliographies, located at www.sunysb.edu/affirm (click on Announcements, then go to Bibliographies).
The site's goal is to help educate psychologists who'd like to increase their knowledge of issues unique to these individuals, says its creator and AFFIRM founder Marvin R. Goldfried, PhD. A Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University, Goldfried says that mainstream psychology has largely ignored the growing body of literature addressing gay, lesbian and bisexual issues.
"It's not clear why this has been ignored, but society is becoming educated about sexual minorities and we have not caught up as a profession in educating our professionals," says Goldfried.
In response, Goldfried created AFFIRM, a network of psychologists who declare their support of LGBT family members and who advance clinical and research work on LGBT issues within psychology. With a grant from the Arcus Foundation, a Kalamazoo, Mich.-based organization that funds projects focused on diversity, social justice and tolerance, Goldfried worked with instructors and program directors to identify and collate journal articles into the bibliographies. In addition to citations, the bibliographies that are particularly relevant for training graduate students include abstracts and are grouped by topics including child/developmental, couples/family, ethics, psychopathology and therapy. Full-text versions are available from PsycINFO, in library databases or by e-mailing Goldfried.
Goldfried hopes the Web site will serve as a model for additional bibliographies focused on other diverse populations.
"We were able to pull out key articles that ordinary faculty may not be aware of, and we've made it easy for people to access this information in one place," says Goldfried.