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The Lived Experiences of South Asian Same-Sex Attracted Women Residing in the United States
by Bal, Surinder, Ph.D., Walden University, 2016, 366; 10240458
Abstract (Summary)

South Asian same-sex attracted women in the United States experience discrimination and marginalization that puts them at an increased risk for mental health issues. Research shows their rates of counseling and psychotherapy use are low due to perceptions of stigma, lack of knowledge, and concerns about culturally insensitive treatment plans. Mental health providers lack the literature needed to inform culturally sensitive treatment plans to address these concerning gaps in services, and an extensive literature review found no studies on the lived experiences of this population. Guided by feminist theory, this research study examined how discrimination, oppression, and marginalization mold women’s lived experiences; this knowledge aims to serve as a means to advocate for social and political change for this population. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand the lived experiences of this population. An emergent hand coding analysis, using experiential anecdotes, of data collected from interviews of 10 participants generated 10 major themes and 25 subthemes of experiences. Themes included importance of cultural values; familial relationships; marital life plan; intersectionality; and discrimination from gender disparity, patriarchal hierarchy, and sexual modesty. The study contributes to social change initiatives by providing culturally and contextually practical information to mental health professionals, counselor educators, and educational institutions that provide services to this population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Patton, Jason, Reicherzer, Stacee
Commitee: Remley, Theodore
School: Walden University
Department: Counselor Education and Supervision
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian American Studies, Womens studies, LGBTQ studies, South Asian Studies, Gender studies
Keywords: Asian-American, Lesbian, South Asian, South Asian LGBT, South Asian gay, South Asian lesbian women, South Asian queer women, South Asian women
Publication Number: 10240458
ISBN: 978-1-369-34264-2
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