THE NEW GAY TEENAGER

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Harvard University Press, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages
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Gay, straight, bisexual: how much does sexual orientation matter to a teenager's mental health or sense of identity? In this down-to-earth book, filled with the voices of young people speaking for themselves, Ritch Savin-Williams argues that the standard image of gay youth presented by mental health researchers--as depressed, isolated, drug-dependent, even suicidal--may have been exaggerated even twenty years ago, and is far from accurate today.

The New Gay Teenager gives us a refreshing and frequently controversial introduction to confident, competent, upbeat teenagers with same-sex desires, who worry more about the chemistry test or their curfew than they do about their sexuality. What does "gay" mean, when some adolescents who have had sexual encounters with those of their own sex don't consider themselves gay, when some who consider themselves gay have had sex with the opposite sex, and when many have never had sex at all? What counts as "having sex," anyway? Teenagers (unlike social science researchers) are not especially interested in neatly categorizing their sexual orientation.

In fact, Savin-Williams learns, teenagers may think a lot about sex, but they don't think that sexuality is the most important thing about them. And adults, he advises, shouldn't think so either.

  

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Review: The New Gay Teenager (Adolescent Lives)

User Review  - Emily Burke - Goodreads

This book was depressing. The entire premise is that gay teens no longer feel passionately about political issues, specifically ones that effect the LGBT community. I know this isn't true, thank god ... Read full review

Review: The New Gay Teenager (Adolescent Lives)

User Review  - Jantine - Goodreads

A must-read for every researcher in the field of LGB youth. I was fascinated and blown away when I first read it. It was en eye-opener for me. However, I have become more critical now, since I wonder ... Read full review

Contents

Why the New Gay Teenager?
1
Whos Gay?
23
In the Beginning Was Gay Youth
49
Models or Trajectories?
70
Feeling Different
93
SameSex Attractions
113
First Sex
133
Identity
156
Resilience and Diversity
178
Refusing and Resisting Sexual Identity Labels
194
Notes
225
References
241
Index
267
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About the author (2005)

Ritch C. Savin-Williams is Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at Cornell University and author of ""Mom, Dad. I'm Gay" How Families Negotiate Coming Out".

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