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Title: It's aboot mair than who uh kiss : a grounded theory approach to sexual identity and identity development in adolescence
Author: Connor, Ian
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2005
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Adolescence has been noted as a time of considerable stress. The key tasks of which is the formation of a secure identity and the resolution of conflict between the desire to be an individual and dependence upon the family. In addition to these issues gay and lesbian adolescents face the struggle to accept the sexuality and rationalise it within a society that openly promotes heteronormative values and heterodominance. In the present study, a grounded theory methodology (Strauss & Corbin, 1998) was employed to explore the experiences of young gay men and lesbians and to form hypotheses regarding the development of gay identity. Twelve participants took park in the current study, participants were recruited from LGBT youth organisations in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Data was collected by means of semi-structured interviews. The current investigation generated one core category called “social context”. This category related to the impact of religion, education, society at large and relationships with others upon the formation and maintenance of gay identity. Four principal categories were also generated. These principal categories were related to the self-acceptance of homosexuality, the disclosure of homosexuality to others and the reactions of others to this disclosure. A fourth principal category discussed issues pertinent in the adolescent’s life, which were unrelated to sexuality. These core and main categories were formulated into a Model of Gay Identity Development in Adolescence. Findings were discussed and the implications of this model in relation to theories of gay identity development, and clinical practice were considered.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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