Faculty Publications

Title

Exploring social connectivity through the use of adolescent queer literature

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Gay and lesbian adolescent development, Literature circles, Psychosocial development, Social connectivity, Social isolation

Journal/Book/Conference Title

American Journal of Sexuality Education

Volume

5

Issue

3

First Page

268

Last Page

289

Abstract

In order for adolescents to undergo a healthy maturation into adulthood, they must be given common opportunities to reinvent themselves and to progress along stages of psychosocial development. Due to heterosexual conditioning and a lack of awareness of the need for social connectivity that may lead to intimacy, gay and lesbian adolescents lapse into social isolation which could lead to arrested psychosocial development. The introduction of literature circles concerning carefully chosen adolescent queer literature is one positive opportunity that can and should be made accessible to gay and lesbian adolescents in order to offset barriers to social connectivity. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

9-6-2010

DOI of published version

10.1080/15546128.2010.503863

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