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Peer-Impact Diagnosis and TherapyA Handbook for Successful Practice with Adolescents$
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Vivian Center Seltzer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740422

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740422.001.0001

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Societal Designations

Societal Designations

Adolescents Who Are Gay

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Peer-Impact Diagnosis and Therapy

Vivian Center Seltzer

NYU Press

This chapter examines the experiences of adolescents who are homosexual or still confused about their gender identity or preference. Adolescents with unresolved issues about homosexuality generally are not open with their feelings or questions. Unlike heterosexual adolescents who easily find similar others among peers fairly soon after entering adolescence, uncertain adolescents often hide their homosexuality, making it hard to identify similar others and gain their support. This chapter first considers the distinction between gender identity and gender preference and goes on to explore how nonacceptance of homosexuals by their adolescent peers affect their comparison findings. It then discusses the attitudes of gay and lesbian adolescents about themselves.

Keywords:   homosexuality, adolescence, gender identity, gender preference, homosexuals, peers, gay adolescents, lesbian adolescents

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