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ERIC Number: ED410487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Gay Youth at a Social Gathering: Play and Identity Development.
Reed, Donald B.; Geddes, Jackie
Being gay or lesbian has been associated with many risk factors for youth, including the risk of rejection by family and peers. A limited study concerning gay youth at play and the significance of play in identity development of gay youth is reported here. The report has two purposes: to describe the social activities at a gathering specifically for gay youth and to analyze the social activities in terms of play and identity development for those attending. Data were collected employing traditional qualitative techniques. A detailed description of an overnight function held for gay youth is provided. Analysis of the different activities and the stages of play are then offered. It is concluded that making available to gay youth a variety of sanctioned social activities provides them an environment whereby they can develop, through play, their identities as homosexual individuals. In this safe environment the play of gay youth seems to follow certain patterns. It is argued that playing at being gay is essential before an individual can play with others in a gay role and thereby assume a personal identity of a competent gay person. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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