Lesbian and Gay Adolescents: Identity Development
By Caitlin Ryan, M.S.W., and Donna Futterman, M.D.
The Prevention Researcher,
Volume 8, Number 1, 2001, Pages 1,3-5
Lesbian and gay adolescents come from all racial and ethnic groups, all socioeconomic levels, and all religious denominations. They live in large cities, small towns, and rural communities. They are student leaders, athletes, and active members of civic groups, as well as school dropouts and street youth. For the most part, lesbian and gay adolescents are indistinguishable from their heterosexual peers -- in fact, most are invisible.
This article explores identity development among lesbian and gay youth, the "coming out" process, and the experience lesbian and gay youth may have with disclosing their sexuality.
Editor's Note: You might also be interested in our more recent issue "Creating Supportive Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth" published November, 2010.
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The Prevention Researcher,
Volume 8, Number 1, 2001
Exact estimates of the number of high school youth who self-identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual are hard to determine. It has been estimated that 9 students in 30 are directly affected by these issues, either by having a gay or lesbian parent, sibling or relative, or being gay themselves. This issue explores identity development and the experiences and vulnerabilities of lesbian and gay students. Suggestions for counseling and the reponse of schools is also provided.
This issue also featured these articles:
- Addictions Services Barriers for LGB Youth, Pages 16
- Counseling with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth, Pages 9-13
- Experiences, Vulnerabilities and Risks of Lesbian and Gay Students, Pages 6-8
- Lesbian and Gay Adolescents: Identity Development, Pages 1,3-5
- Public Schools' Response to the Needs of Gay and Lesbian Youth, Pages 13-15
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