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In this issue of Focal Point we address the special needs of lesbian and gay youth and their families. The United States Department of Health and Human Services' 1989 Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide defines gay and lesbian youth as those who have a primary attraction to members of the same sex for intimate and sexual relationships (4). A variety of explanations have been offered to describe the origins of individual sexual orientation. While homosexuality may involve both elements of nature and nurture, the origins of sexual orientation are generally believed to be established during early childhood (1).
Social work with youth, Youth -- Mental health services, Young adults -- Mental health services
Social Policy | Social Welfare | Social Work
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Portland State University. Regional Research Institute, "Focal Point, Volume 05 Number 02" (1991). Research and Training Center - Focal Point. 11.