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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation$
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Charlotte J. Patterson and Anthony R. D'Augelli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.001.0001

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Work, Career, and Sexual Orientation

Work, Career, and Sexual Orientation

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(p.151) 11 Work, Career, and Sexual Orientation
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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation
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Jonathan J. Mohr

Ruth E. Fassinger

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.003.0011

This chapter explores the link between sexual orientation and issues of work and career. It begins in the first section by outlining broad contextual issues (societal and organizational) that provide the backdrop for more specific workplace factors (discrimination and support, identity disclosure and concealment), which are then discussed in the second section. The third section explores how these workplace factors filter down into lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals’ experiences of work and career, including the special task of leadership. It briefly notes some positive aspects of lesbian, gay, and bisexual career development and work behavior, and concludes with a call for more integrative approaches to understanding lesbian, gay, and bisexual vocational issues.

Keywords:   sexual orientation, workplace factors, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, homosexuals, leadership, career development, work behavior

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