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Sexual identity: Conflict and confusion in a male adolescent.

Author: Lucente, Randolph L.
Author Background:
Date 4/1/96
Type Journal
Journal Title: Child-and-Adolescent-Social-Work-Journal
Volume/Pages Vol 13(2): 97-114
Subject Matter Gender Issues
Abstract Presents a conceptual formulation, derived from developmental object relations theory and ego psychology, of the passage in male adolescence that culminates with the achievement of a masculine heterosexual identity. Themes of psychosexuality, male gender attributes, masculinity and object preference, and sexual orientation are discussed with reference to the adolescent stage. Finally, the critical tasks, core conflicts, and internalizations of prior developmental stages, as well as the integration that is required of adolescence relative to a sexual identity as heterosexual and masculine, are highlighted through a case illustration of a 16-yr-old male with sexual identity confusion for whom therapy took on the task of identity consolidation. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)