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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

The Coming Out Process- Related Mental Health Concerns for Youth

Coming out is an important stage in the personal development and growth of LGBTQ people. It leads to the acceptance of one’ sexual orientation, helps to build authentic relationships with others, and fosters the development of a positive identity. Unfortunately, the coming out process can be a risky venture. Society is still fraught with bias, stereotypes, and discrimination towards LGBTQ people. This presentation examines the impact of coming out in adolescence- an often already emotionally turbulent time of human development. The presentation includes a brief history of “coming out” followed by an overview of a stages of coming out model. There will be discussion of the bio-psycho-social impact on young LGBTQ people who come out, including an examination of risk and protective factors. Presenters will give conclusions and recommendations based on evidence based practice research, followed by discussion.

Presenters: Kevin Coffey (Not specified)
Walter Derouen (Graduate Student)
Topic: Social Work
Location: 314 MetroCenter
Time: 6:40 pm (Session VI)