Social-Developmental factors affecting lesbian and gay youth: A review of cross-national research findings



Rivers, Ian and Carragher, Daniel J (2003) Social-Developmental factors affecting lesbian and gay youth: A review of cross-national research findings. Children and Society, 17 (5). pp. 374-385. ISSN 0951-0605

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Abstract

Lesbian and gay youth face a great many challenges as they grow up. In this article, research focusing upon the social-developmental factors that affect the positive development of a lesbian or gay identity are reviewed, comparing and contrasting data from the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK). Consideration is also given to the efficacy of behaviours utilised by young lesbians and gay men to avoid harassment and discrimination. It is suggested that lesbian and gay youth represent a particularly vulnerable group of young people who engage in a number of health risk behaviours that are associated not only with sexual orientation, but also fears for personal safety. Finally the authors discuss whether or not strategies to conceal sexual orientation hold benefits for lesbian and gay youth in terms of their physical safety and mental health.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Psychology and Sociology
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2007 08:43
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:54
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37

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