Experts present insightful perspectives on the social worker's role in the counseling of clients who have problems with love. As the social work profession recognizes that love and intimacy are essential ingredients of individual and collective social functioning, efforts are underway to legitimize the study of the complexities, problems, and characteristics of intimate human relationships. This book examines the dynamics of different kinds of lovelove of self, love toward others, and love between client and therapist. Other topics include romantic love scripts and their influence on people's relationships, sex-role conditioning, special concerns of adolescents, the elderly, and gay men and lesbians.
Table of Contents
- Introduction: What’s Love Got to Do With It?
- Gender Differences in Love and Intimacy: The Fantasy Versus the Reality
- Sexual Radicalism and Romantic Love
- A Note on Brief Intimate Encounters
- Countertransference: Problems and Opportunities When Women Treat Women
- The Adolescent Quest for Intimacy: Implications for the Therapeutic Alliance
- Male Couples: The Beginning Years
- Lesbians Choosing Children: The Use of Social Group Work in Maintaining and Strengthening the Primary Relationship
- Love and Intimacy Needs of the Elderly: Some Philosophical and Intervention Issues
- Barriers in the Initiation of Intimate Heterosexual Relationships and Strategies for Intervention
- Shyness: An Inhibitor to the Development of Intimacy
- Mediating the End of Love