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ERIC Number: EJ958579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1936-1653
What's Good about Being Gay? Perspectives from Youth
Harper, Gary W.; Brodsky, Asya; Bruce, Douglas
Journal of LGBT Youth, v9 n1 p22-41 2012
This article explores gay and bisexual male adolescents' positive perceptions of their sexual orientation identity. In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with an ethnically diverse sample of 63 gay/bisexual male adolescents in Chicago (N = 42) and Miami (N = 21). Data revealed two major conceptual categories: (1) positive personal conceptualizations of being gay/bisexual and (2) resiliency in the face of gay-related oppression. Additional primary themes and subthemes were identified within each category that further illustrate how gay/bisexual youth were able to develop positive conceptualizations of their sexual orientation despite experiencing negative societal messages about being gay/bisexual. Implications for the development of interventions to promote the health and well-being of gay/bisexual male youth are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Florida; Illinois