Distinguished Book Award, from the American Psychological Association 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 20 years ago, and is far from accurate today.
Ritch C. Savin-Williams is Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at Cornell University.
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