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Research on Sexual Minority Adolescents

Research on Sexual Minority Adolescents

Teenage years are often uncomfortable years for many of us to recall – reminiscent of moody music, issues with self-esteem, braces, and heart-breaking crushes. Sexual minority youth, the one way of describing young people who are navigating sexual identity questions or concerns (also LGBT youth), are subject to experience many dangers and complications during their adolescence in addition to...

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Language for Navigating Sexual Identity

Language for Navigating Sexual Identity

“Struggling,” “overcoming,” “same-sex attracted,” “gay,” “gay Christian,” “celibate gay Christian,” “LGBTI,” “sexual minority”… One can adopt an array of descriptive words to denote an identity that many would simply label “gay.” However, the interaction between same-sex attraction and religious beliefs that condemn or condone same-sex behavior and sexually...

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Stages of Relationship Change in Mixed Orientation Couples

Stages of Relationship Change in Mixed Orientation Couples

The discovery of the same-sex attraction of one’s spouse can be trying for both members of the marriage (Yarhouse, 2010).  This may cause many questions and conflicts to arise for the couple, and navigating this experience within the marriage may be a difficult process.  Each couple will navigate this experience in their own way, but there are four broad stages of relationship change that...

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The PARE model

The PARE model

The PARE model is a useful tool for clinicians who work with couples in mixed orientation marriages (one in which one of the spouses experiences same-sex attraction).  After the disclosure of same-sex attraction, both spouses go through a variety of emotions and a time of learning to face their new understanding of reality.  In the midst of this, many couples choose to divorce.  However, for...

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Sexual Identity: Special Considerations for Youth

Sexual Identity: Special Considerations for Youth

Something ISSI research has found is that milestone events for individuals with same sex attraction are likely to occur starting with an awareness of same sex attraction anywhere in the age range of 8-14, with behavior, labeling, disclosure, and same-sex relationship following after throughout the teenage and early adult years. We know that the adolescent years are crucial for identity...

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