Sexual and ethnic identity development among gay-bisexual-questioning (GBQ) male ethnic minority adolescents.

TitleSexual and ethnic identity development among gay-bisexual-questioning (GBQ) male ethnic minority adolescents.
Publication TypePublication
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsJamil OB, Harper GW, M Fern√°ndez I
Corporate AuthorsAdolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions
JournalCultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol
Volume15
Issue3
Pagination203-14
Date Published2009 Jul
ISSN1099-9809
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, African Americans, Awareness, Bisexuality, Gender Identity, Hispanic Americans, Homosexuality, Male, Humans, Male, Peer Group, Psychosexual Development, Social Identification, Social Support, Social Values, Young Adult
Abstract

<p>Identity development is a critical task of adolescence and occurs across multiple areas of self-identification. Although research on the identity development process among individuals who are ethnic and sexual minorities has been conducted for individuals who have 1 minority status or the other, few studies have examined these processes in people who are both ethnic and sexual minorities. In this qualitative study, the authors examined the dual identity development processes related to ethnic and sexual identity among gay-bisexual-questioning (GBQ) Latino and African American male adolescents. Results indicated that the processes associated with the development of sexual orientation and ethnic identity occur concurrently. However, the actual processes involved with the development of each identity not only differed, but seemed to be independent of each other because neither process was referenced in the development of the other. Overall, the process of ethnic identity development involved the process of becoming aware of one's ethnic and cultural heritage, whereas sexual identity development involved finding one's own personally relevant sexual orientation label and connecting to that community. The implications of these findings for the development of interventions to assist in the healthy development of GBQ adolescents are discussed.</p>

DOI10.1037/a0014795
Alternate JournalCultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol
PubMed ID19594249
PubMed Central IDPMC2846409
Grant ListU01 HD040474 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040533-01 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD40533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States