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The New Gay Teenager / Edition 1
     

The New Gay Teenager / Edition 1

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by Ritch C. Savin-Williams
 

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ISBN-10: 0674022564

ISBN-13: 9780674022560

Pub. Date: 11/15/2006

Publisher: Harvard

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674022560
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
11/15/2006
Series:
Adolescent Lives Series , #3
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Why the New Gay Teenager?

2. Who's Gay?

3. In the Beginning... Was Gay Youth

4. Models or Trajectories?

5. Feeling Different

6. Same-Sex Attractions

7. First Sex

8. Identity

9. Resilience and Diversity

10. Refusing and Resisting Sexual Identity Labels

Notes

References

Index

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The New Gay Teenager 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
gnjoseraul More than 1 year ago
The writer is very knowledgeable and speaks in a language anyone can understand. I am currently taking LGBT studies and this book speaks to the current adolescent perspective.