The New Gay Teenager

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Psychology - 288 pages
6 Reviews
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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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

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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About the author (2009)

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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