About Adolescent Males and Homosexuality: The Search for Self (2014)
I have been privileged to be a therapist with teenage boys before they decided they were gay and long before they declared themselves gay to the world. The experience provided me with a unique understanding of the confusion, doubt, fears, real dangers, and consequences they had to consider before they said "I am gay". It also provided me with the opportunity to watch as they summoned the remarkable courage required to move forward, identity intact, into the broader world. This book is the book I wish I had owned when I began working with these teens. I wrote it in the hope it would give therapists, parents and teachers (and others) helpful information and insight into these remarkable young people and their psychological needs.
Primarily written for therapists – but accessible for parents, educators, and others – the book provides clear, thorough and well-documented information about homosexuality in the following areas:
- What causes homosexuality? – Answers from Genetics, Biology and Neurobiology
- What does psychology say about homosexuality? – Views from Sigmund Freud to the present
- How Prevalent is homosexuality? – Studies of the prevalence of homosexuality in the United States and other societies throughout the world
- How has homosexuality been understood in the past? – A survey of homosexuality in cultures throughout history starting with the Greeks
- How does Christianity view homosexuality? – A survey of the relationship Christianity, myth and homosexuality from early times to the present
The book then discusses issues unique to adolescence including:
- What needs to be understood about teenagers' psychological development? – A clearly stated description of adolescent development, identity, and gay identity
- What is the social environment teens face? – A thorough review of the environmental issues faced by these teens in the broader society, schools and in the family, as well as the psychological impact environment has in their lives
Finally, to fully understand the process teens may undergo, especially before they identify themselves as gay to others, three case studies are provided, powerful and moving stories of great courage in the very young.