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Stephen T Russell and Jessica N Fish (2019)

Sexual Minority Youth, Social Change, and Health: A Developmental Collision

Research in Human Development, 16(1):5-20.

Few societal attitudes and opinions have changed as quickly as those regarding sexual minority people and rights. In the context of dramatic social change, there have been multiple policy changes toward social inclusion and rights for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people, and perceptions that the sociocultural context for LGB people—perhaps particularly for youth—has improved. Yet recent evidence from the developmental sciences points to paradoxical findings: in many cases there have been growing rather than shrinking health disparities. The authors suggest that there is a developmental collision between normative adolescent developmental processes and sexual minority youth identities and visibility.

Health, Gender, Gender, Family, and Social Change, Sexual Minority, Fish, Health in Social Context, LGBTQ
Published online: Mar 18 2019

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