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Mainstream psychology focuses on helping gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and black & other ethnic minorities to cope adaptively with the impact of stigma, and difference from the attitudes and behavior of majority group mainstream. This wave assisted gay men, lesbians, bisexuals gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and black & other ethnic minorities in understanding and accepting their marginalized perspectives as a natural part of themselves, helped them to develop strategies for coping and forming a positive sense of identity, and taught them the effect of negative social attitudes, prejudice, discrimination, and heterosexism on psychological functioning (Backer, T…
There has also been increased attention to understanding psychological resilience and the ways in which lesbians, gay men, and ethnic minorities successfully cope with stress and stigma. In addition, assertiveness as a positive psychological process is demonstrated by different aspects of coming out as a lesbian, gay man, or bisexual: identity commitment, identity disclosure, and community involvement.
Edward Sampson (1993) argues that the dissatisfaction expressed by minority groups about mainstream psychology can be explained in relation to the notion of identity politics. He defines identity politics as:
"a politics based on the particular life experiences of people who seek to be in control of their own identities and subjectivities and who claim that socially dominant groups have denied them this opportunity" (p. 1219).
The ideology of identity politics may be admirable (or not), the reality is that, as often happens with ideology; the ...
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