As people pass from childhood into their teen years and beyond, their bodies develop and change. So do their emotions and feelings. It's common to wonder and sometimes worry about new sexual feelings. It takes time for many people to understand who they are and who they're becoming.
Sexual Attraction and Orientation
Homosexuality: Facts for Teens - greenockhillsstables.com
The articles prior to January are part of the back file collection and are not available with a current paid subscription. To access the article, you may purchase it or purchase the complete back file collection here. In addressing this topic, one is immediately confronted with the difficulty of defining homosexuality. Some investigators have used the term in a limited sense to mean overt sexual relations exclusively between persons of the same sex, while others, such as Kinsey and his associates,1'2 have considered homosexuality, bisex uality and heterosexuality on a spectrum ranging from exclusive homosexuality to exclusive heterosexuality. Still others, of a more sociological bent, have used the term to include all the social activities of homosexual subcultures, where people of similar sexual preference seek one another out to indulge in a wide variety of activities which may be intellectual, athletic, recreational, charitable, or mutually supportive, as well as erotic.
Homosexuality in Adolescence
Most adolescents and adults identify themselves as heterosexual. However, paediatricians and other health care providers must be aware of the significant psychological, social and medical issues that face young people who are gay, lesbian or bisexual. Almost all of these issues arise from the stigmatization that these youth face, rather than from the orientation itself 1 , 2. Rather, the practitioner must create an environment in which the adolescent can discuss any questions or worries that they have, whether they identify themselves as homosexual, have found that they are attracted to people of the same gender, have had a sexual encounter with someone of the same gender or are confused about their feelings. The present paper reviews the relevant definitions, epidemiologies and approaches when working with gay, lesbian and bisexual youth.
We aimed to ascertain the meanings of homosexual relationships among adolescents, in view of contexts of vulnerability that involve exercising sexuality in a homophobic society. We conducted interviews with nine male and four female adolescents who sought healthcare attendance and reported having homosexual experiences. For some of the boys, the homosexual experience occurred circumstantially, due to curiosity and experimentation; for others, it was associated with prostitution. For most of them, it was related to self-reported homosexual identity. Among the girls, two meanings stood out: homosexual activity associated with love and as a possible reaction to sexual violence suffered before the start of the homosexual experience.