Growing Up LGBTQI+: The Importance of Developmental Conceptualizations

Anneliese A. Singh, Kristopher M. Goodrich, Amney J. Harper, Melissa Luke

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The variant developmental experiences that impact a child's physical and mental health are explored within this chapter. The authors present a case study of a youth with gender and affectional orientation variance. A brief review of typical child development theories with a whole-child perspective is presented. Authors then apply the developmental theories to LGBTQI+ youth within an ecological perspective from elementary school through a high school context. Particular attention is paid to the process of coming out and how it impacts LGBTQI+ youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAffirmative Counseling With LGBTQI+ People
PublisherAmerican Counseling Association
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781119375517
ISBN (Print)9781556203558
StatePublished - Feb 21 2017


  • Child development
  • Coming out
  • Conceptualization
  • LGBT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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