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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


This exploratory study's purpose was to examine mental health providers' awareness of the intersecting and compounding internalized oppressions (racism, sexism and homophobia) of women who experience same-sex intimate partner violence. The research attempted to address the question: Are mental health providers aware of the internalized oppressions among women who are in same-sex relationships in which intimate partner violence occurs? A qualitative study was conducted using a semi-structured, self-designed interview guide with open-ended questions. The sample included a total of twelve mental health providers recruited using a non-probability, convenience method. The findings indicate all twelve participants were aware of internalized oppressions experienced by their clients. In addition, eight participants believed these oppressions intersected. Ten participants perceived a relationship between internalized oppressions and the violence. Additional research is necessary to further understand the relationship between these variables and enhance clinical intervention.


Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2008. iii, 92 p. Includes bibliographical references (p. 72-86)