The New Gay Teenager

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Psychology - 286 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, 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.
 

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That there has been a sea change in attitudes about sexual minorities in the past few generations is not news. What is remarkable, however, is the growing nonchalance of contemporary adolescents about ... Read full review

Contents

1 Why the New Gay Teenager?
1
2 Whos Gay?
23
3 In the Beginning Was Gay Youth
49
4 Models or Trajectories?
70
5 Feeling Different
93
6 SameSex Attractions
113
7 First Sex
133
8 Identity
156
9 Resilience and Diversity
178
10 Refusing and Resisting Sexual Identity Labels
194
Notes
225
References
241
Index
267
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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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