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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Gay teenagers-Psychology, Bisexual teenagers-Psychology, Lesbian teenagers-Psychology, Gender identity, Qualitative, Identity development, Identity formation, Adolescence, Adolescent, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Young adult, Interview


This qualitative study was designed to examine the ways in which gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents form positive identities, specifically in strength-based ways looking at factors of resilience. Twelve individuals, aged 22-28, were interviewed to give retrospective information about their adolescent development. By utilizing a semi-structured interview model for this study, the researcher was able to analyze the subjective findings utilizing thematic analysis. Significant findings include the influential nature of one's first disclosure of sexual orientation in the development of one's identity, and the positive impact that role models have for gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth during adolescence.




iii, 57 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, 2014. Includes bibliographical references (pages 47-49)