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ERIC Number: EJ1188077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1936-1653
Online Fandom, Identity Milestones, and Self-Identification of Sexual/Gender Minority Youth
McInroy, Lauren B.; Craig, Shelley L.
Journal of LGBT Youth, v15 n3 p179-196 2018
Mixed methods analyses of an online survey sample (n = 4942) of sexual and/or gender minority youth (SGMY) (age 14-29) explore the relationship between participation in online fandom communities and (1) socially-mediated identity milestones and (2) self-identification, comparing fandom participating SGMY versus non-fandom participating SGMY. Fandom participating youth were younger than their non-fandom participating peers, were more active online daily, and hit established identity milestones earlier and more rapidly. Fandom participating youth also identified with more complexity, using a broader variety of more non-traditional sexual identity and gender identity labels. Implications for research and practice are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States; Canada