Sexual Minority Youth, Social Change, and Health: A Developmental Collision

Stephen T. Russell, Jessica N. Fish

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Abstract

Few societal attitudes and opinions have changed as quickly as those regarding sexual minority people and rights. In the context of dramatic social change, there have been multiple policy changes toward social inclusion and rights for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people, and perceptions that the sociocultural context for LGB people—perhaps particularly for youth—has improved. Yet recent evidence from the developmental sciences points to paradoxical findings: in many cases there have been growing rather than shrinking health disparities. The authors suggest that there is a developmental collision between normative adolescent developmental processes and sexual minority youth identities and visibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-20
Number of pages16
JournalResearch in Human Development
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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