Adolescent Romance and Emotional Health in the United States: Beyond Binaries

Stephen T. Russell, Theodora B. Consolacion

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Abstract

Research on adolescent same-sex sexuality has focused almost exclusively on risk in the lives of self-identified lesbians, gays, and bisexuals. The attention to same-sex self identity may obscure heterogeneity in same-sex romance (attractions and relationships) and thus may inaccurately characterize sexual-minority youth as more different than heterosexual youth in terms of emotional health risk. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we examine the nexus of romantic attractions and relationships among contemporary U.S. adolescents, linking experiences of romance to indicators of emotional health. We conclude that broadening the scope of inquiry beyond binaries of identity (that is, gay vs. straight) provides the opportunity to more fully understand the health and well-being of all adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-508
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 20 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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