Service delivery in a "don't ask, don't tell" world: Ethical care of gay, lesbian, and bisexual military personnel

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

Because current federal law prohibits gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) persons from serving openly in the military, the 65,000 GLB men and women estimated to currently serve in the armed forces face unique occupational stressors and a heightened need for supportive services. Psychologists in military settings face numerous obstacles in efforts to provide ethical and efficacious clinical services to GLB service members. The authors highlight common clinical problems and referral issues for GLB persons in military settings, as well as primary ethical and administrative problems for the psychologists who treat them. The authors conclude with several recommendations for enhancing appropriate treatment while minimizing harm to GLB clients in the military.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Johnson, WB; Buhrke, RA

Published Date

  • February 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 91 - 98

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0735-7028

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0735-7028.37.1.91

Citation Source

  • Scopus