Safe spaces and sense of identity: views and experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people
Crowley, Colm (2007) Safe spaces and sense of identity: views and experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 11 (1-2). pp. 127-143. ISSN 0891-7140 (doi:10.1300/J236v11n01_09)Full text not available from this repository.
Empirical data on the life experiences of contemporary school-age lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) young people in Britain remains somewhat sparse. This paper reports the preliminary findings of a study conducted at a recently-initiated LGB youth Summer School. To further an appreciation of issues of concern to today's LGB teenagers, in-depth interviews were conducted with 10 Summer School participants (five female and five male, aged 15-18 years). The aim was to elicit their views and experiences relating to their need for support such as that offered by the Summer School. Themes drawn from participants' interviews are presented. Key issues included: being positioned as different by their majority heterosexual peers; feelings of isolation and loneliness in their peer groups and families; difficulties in finding others like themselves for companionship; and the importance of meeting more LGB people of their own age.
|Additional Information:||Now published as: Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. Date of change: 2007.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||adolescence, gay, homosexuality, identity, lesbian, safe space, same-sex, youth work|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling|
School of Health & Social Care
|Last Modified:||31 Mar 2011 18:20|
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