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Hist Psychol. 2002 Feb;5(1):38-51.

From reassurance to irrelevance: adolescent psychology and homosexuality in America.

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Division of Humanities, Seton Hill College, Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601, USA. spurlock@setonhill.edu

Abstract

American psychology by the 1920s contained a greater capacity for viewing some homosexual experiences as normal than most current historical literature suggests. Developmental psychologists agreed with psychiatrists that adult homosexuality was pathological, but they also agreed that adolescent sexual development included a homosexual phase. Until the late 1960s, developmental texts reassured parents and teachers that homosexual behavior among adolescents was transitory and quite normal. The psychiatric view of homosexuality as pathology came under attack after the middle of the century and eventually was abandoned. The developmental concern with a transitory homosexual phase disappeared gradually. This trend in psychology suggests underlying social and cultural changes.

PMID:
11894887
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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