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J Adolesc Health Care. 1988 Mar;9(2):114-22.

Mental health issues of gay and lesbian adolescents.

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Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.


The mental health concerns of gay and lesbian adolescents are best understood within the context of cultural limitations, including a problematic conceptualization of adolescence, homophobia, and erotophobia. Within this framework, background information about homosexuality is presented; and the special social pressures and psychologic problems of gay and lesbian youth are discussed, with particular attention paid to internalized homophobia, developmental issues, and the "coming-out" process. Differences between gay and lesbian mental health issues are highlighted. Finally, practical suggestions regarding treatment planning are provided.

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