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School-based social work interventions with gay and lesbian adolescents: Theoretical and practice guidelines.

Author: Dombrowski, Deborah; Wodarski, John S.; Smokowski, Paul R.; Bricout, John C
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Date 9/1/96
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Applied-Social-Sciences
Volume/Pages Vol 20(1): 51-61
Subject Matter Gender Issues
Abstract Adolescents are faced with many obstacles. Many issues affect their lives on a daily basis and have an effect on how they develop into adults. Gay or lesbian adolescents must face the same barriers that normal adolescents face, in addition to the homophobic fears of society. Society s negativism about gay and lesbian adolescents affects their self-concept and self-esteem, as well as their social interactions with family and friends. Along with the increased risk of contracting STDs, such as AIDS, these factors bring great stress and fear into the lives of gay and lesbian adolescents. This article addresses the dynamics behind homophobia, causes and beliefs about homosexuality, difficulties in coming out, identity formation, and cognitive, social and sexual developmental factors. An intervention paradigm to help ameliorate the problem. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)