The New Gay Teenager

Harvard University Press
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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, 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.
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About the author

Ritch C. Savin-Williams is Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at Cornell University and author of "Mom, Dad. I'm Gay": How Families Negotiate Coming Out.

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Publisher
Harvard University Press
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Published on
Jun 30, 2009
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Pages
286
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ISBN
9780674043138
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Life Stages / Teenagers
Health & Fitness / Sexuality
Psychology / Developmental / Adolescent
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