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3-157 - LGBTQ Adolescence and Social Change: A Developmental Collision

Sat, March 23, 2:30 to 4:00pm, Baltimore Convention Center, Floor: Level 3, Room 307

Session Type: Invited Address

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More than two decades of research documents disparities in health and wellbeing for LGBTQ or sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth; research in the last decade has directly traced these disparities to experiences of discrimination and stress. At the same time, there has been dramatic social change in visibility and social acceptance regarding the lives of sexual and gender minorities. Yet recent evidence from the developmental sciences points to paradoxical findings: in many cases there have been growing rather than shrinking health disparities. We suggest that there is a developmental collision between normative adolescent developmental processes and sexual minority youth identities and visibility.

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Stephen Russell is Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an expert in adolescent and young adult health, with a focus on sexual orientation and gender identity. He is on the Board of Directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), a fellow and former Board member of the National Council on Family Relations, an elected member of the International Academy of Sexuality Research, and was President of the Society for Research on Adolescence. He was recently elected to the Governing Council of SRCD.
Twitter: @StephnTRussell