Working with families and relatives of LGBTs: Experience with family groups in Turkey

Seven Kaptan

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Seven KAPTAN completed her residency training in psychiatry in Faculty of Medicine in Bezmialem University in 2011. She studied in her medical specialization thesis, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sahika Yuksel, the mental health, family and social support networks and life quality of transsexual individuals. During her residency and thesis work of 2.5 years, she volunteered as a therapist in group psychotherapy for transsexual individuals. Currently, she volunteers as a therapist for transsexual individuals in monthly group psychotherapy  sessions in SPOD (Association of Social Policy, Gender Identity and Gender Orientation Studies). She has been a co-therapist for informing and supporting the family members of LGBT individuals for 8 years in LISTAG (Istanbul Group of LGBT Families) in collaboration with CETAD (Association of Sexual Education, Research and Treatment), of which she is a member. Currently, she also works full time as a psychiatrist in a private hospital.

Background

Aim(s)

Prevailing and persisting heteronormative and cisnormative values, which still prevail and persist in the societal sphere in Turkey, interfere with the processes of self-acceptance for LGBTs, and toughen the process of coming... [ view full abstract ]

Methods

Founded in 2008, LISTAG (Families of LGBT in Istanbul Association) organizes monthly group meetings These meetings aim to enable families and relatives of LGBTs to access correct information, as well as to support them in... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

Since 2008, 81 group meetings were held, with a total of 1195 people attending these meetings. Attendance in meetings has increased every year, especially following the release of the documentary ‘My Child’ (‘Benim... [ view full abstract ]

Results

CONCLUSION: In a society where varience in gender and sexuality is brushed under the carpet, never talked about, and even ignored, the only way to normalize LGBT identities is to become more organized and work on raising... [ view full abstract ]

Conclusion

In a society where varience in gender and sexuality is brushed under the carpet, never talked about, and even ignored, the only way to normalize LGBT identities is to become more organized and work on raising awareness. Great... [ view full abstract ]

Authors

  1. Seven Kaptan (p)
  2. Koray Başar (Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry)
  3. Sahika Yuksel (CETAD)
  4. Nesrin Yetkin (Sexual Education, Treatment and Research Association (CETAD))

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Mental health

Session

PS-2 » E-Posters Mental Health (1) (16:30 - Thursday, 6th April, Exhibition Hall)