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Non-parental adults in the social and risk behavior networks of sexual minority male youth

Sterrett, Emma M ; Birkett, Michelle ; Kuhns, Lisa ; Mustanski, Brian

Children and Youth Services Review, August 2015, Vol.55, pp.62-70 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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    Non-parental adults in the social and risk behavior networks of sexual minority male youth
  • Author/Creator: Sterrett, Emma M ; Birkett, Michelle ; Kuhns, Lisa ; Mustanski, Brian
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Sexual Minority ; Young Males ; Non-Parental Adults ; Social Networks ; Sexual Minority ; Young Males ; Non-Parental Adults ; Social Networks ; Social Welfare & Social Work
  • Is Part Of: Children and Youth Services Review, August 2015, Vol.55, pp.62-70
  • Description: The presence of non-parental adults (NPAs), or adults outside of caregivers (e.g., extended family and natural mentors), in the lives of adolescents and emerging adults has received a rapidly expanding amount of empirical attention in the last decade. Compared to their heterosexual counterparts, sexual minority male youth (SMMY) experience disproportionate rates of abuse and victimization from parents and peers. Yet, despite the fact that this group, therefore, may be potentially vulnerable to negative interpersonal influences but also poised to benefit from additional relationships, NPA involvement in the lives of SMMY is currently not well understood in the extant literature. This study sought to examine and characterize the involvement of NPAs in the social and risk networks of SMMY (n=175; 54% African American, 21% Hispanic/Latino, 14% Caucasian; ages: 17–23). Most SMMY identified at least one NPA, such as friends and grandparents, in their networks. Three categories of relationships...
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0190-7409 ; E-ISSN: 1873-7765 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.05.007