This comprehensive, practical resource provides specific strategies for counsellors working with boys and male adolescents from different cultural backgrounds. The first part examines how psychological, career and athletic development of boys is shaped by a complex interaction of biological, social, cultural and economic forces. TheSecond Part covers cultural considerations when counselling particular North American client groups, such as Hispanic-Americans. The final part focuses on special populations such as gay, sexually abused and developmentally disabled boys.

Counseling Gay Adolescents

Counseling gay adolescents
Jill S.Barber

This chapter provides an overview of the challenges and concerns of gay adolescents, who often find that simply by being themselves, they become alienated from family, friends, faith, and culture. The chapter also provides an overview of the tasks associated with identity development in this population, as well as recommendations and resources for concerned helping professionals. Savin-Williams (1995) points out that “a prevailing cultural assumption is that homosexuality is the province of adulthood; what these adults were as children and adolescents is a mystery” (p. 165). In the light of the recent finding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Gibson, 1989) that gay youth are 2 to 3 times as likely to attempt suicide as are ...

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