Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 55–71 | Cite as

Strengths of Gay Male Youth: An Untold Story

  • Andrew L. Anderson


This exploratory study found that gay male youths develop strengths that enable them to successfully cope with the challenges and stresses associated with their overall development. These internal and external resources were (1) protective in nature, (2) indicated the presence of resilience, and (3) assisted participants in managing their sexual orientation in adolescence. Bivariate analysis revealed participants had positive self-esteem and an internal locus of control comparable to, or better than, youths overall. Age, social support from gay, lesbian, and bisexual friends and from family, and a preadolescent sense of difference were significantly correlated with self-esteem and/or locus of control.


Social Support Social Psychology Sexual Orientation Exploratory Study Bivariate Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew L. Anderson
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  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhilaelphia

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