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.
Millerd, Lauren E., "How gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth develop positive identities during adolescence and young adulthood" (2014). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.