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Sexual Orientation and Developmental Challenges Experienced by Gay and Lesbian Youth.

Rotheram-Borus, Mary Jane; Fernandez, M. Isabel

Abstract: Discusses impact of defining homosexual orientation on development and identity formation of youths who "come out" during adolescence. Four dimensions are presented: recognizing oneself as lesbian or gay, exploring sexual orientation through the gay and lesbian community, disclosing sexual orientation to others, and becoming more comfortable with sexual orientation. (JBJ)

Title: Sexual Orientation and Developmental Challenges Experienced by Gay and Lesbian Youth.
Author: Rotheram-Borus, Mary Jane; Fernandez, M. Isabel
Journal Citation: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v25 suppl p26-34 1995
ISSN: 0363-0234
Note: Supplement: "Research Issues in Suicide and Sexual Orientation."
Publication Year: 1995
Document Type: Review Literature (070); Journal Article (080)
Target Audience: Policymakers
ERIC Identifier: EJ519410
Clearinghouse Identifier: CG548125
Available from: UMI
This document is NOT available from the ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS).

Descriptors: * Adolescent Development; Adolescents; * Coping; Depression [Psychology]; Emotional Problems; Homophobia; * Homosexuality; * Individual Development; Lesbianism; Self Destructive Behavior; Self Injurious Behavior; * Sexual Identity; Sexuality; Suicide

Identifiers: *Sexual Orientation

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