Outcomes of Sexual Behaviors Among Sexual Minority Youth
Article first published online: 24 JUN 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development
Special Issue: Positive and Negative Outcomes of Sexual Behaviors
Volume 2014, Issue 144, pages 21–36, Summer 2014
How to Cite
2014). Outcomes of sexual behaviors among sexual minority youth. In E. S. Lefkowitz & S. A. Vasilenko (Eds.), Positive and negative outcomes of sexual behaviors. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 144, 21–36.(
- Issue published online: 24 JUN 2014
- Article first published online: 24 JUN 2014
Very little is known about outcomes of sexual behavior for sexual minority youth. In this chapter, I review relevant literature and draw on findings from my own research to initiate an inquiry into this important topic. I begin with a brief overview of the range of sexual behaviors of sexual minority adolescents and young adults. Next, I describe what we know about positive and negative outcomes of sexual behavior among sexual minority youth. This discussion takes into account physical outcomes, psychological and emotional outcomes, and outcomes related to identity development. Lastly, I discuss the limitations of prior research and propose several goals for future research to expand our understanding of this topic. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.