Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 403–421 | Cite as

Gay Affirmative Practice: A Model for Social Work Practice with Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth

  • Catherine CrispEmail author
  • Emily L. McCave


Gay affirmative practice has recently been introduced into the social work literature as a culturally sensitive model for working with gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) adults, however, this model has rarely been applied to practice with GLB youth. In this article, the authors review the literature to present the main tenets of gay affirmative practice, outline the challenges that GLB youth face, and delineate the environmental and individual strengths that can be enhanced to promote well-being. The authors then apply the gay affirmative practice model to GLB youth, offering concrete information about the specific knowledge, attitudes, and skills that social workers should acquire to better serve the unique, yet diverse, needs of GLB youth.


Gay Lesbian Bisexual Adolescents Social work practice 


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  1. 1.University of Kansas School of Social WelfareLawrenceUSA

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