Understanding Sexual Identity
Today's youth struggle with difficult questions of sexual identity. How can a youth worker offer wise care and counsel on such a controversial and confusing subject? Mark Yarhouse, director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity, equips youth...
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Today's youth struggle with difficult questions of sexual identity. How can a youth worker offer wise care and counsel on such a controversial and confusing subject? Mark Yarhouse, director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity, equips youth ministers so they can faithfully navigate the topic of sexual identity in a way that is honest, compassionate, and accessible. Reframing the focus away from the culture wars, Yarhouse introduces readers to the developmental considerations in the formation of sexual identity---all of which occurs in the teen years. He offers practical and helpful ways to think about homosexuality along with suggestions for talking with people who experience same-sex attraction. He also helps parents and youth volunteers learn to graciously respond to children and teens who struggle with questions of sexual identity, and discusses how youth ministry can become more relevant in the lives of youth who are navigating these issues.
Mark A. Yarhouse (Psy.D., Wheaton College) is professor of psychology and director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity (www.sexualidentityinstitute.org) at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he has taught since 1998. A licensed clinical psychologist, he serves as an adjunct faculty member of both the Institute for Sexual Wholeness in Atlanta, Georgia, and the psychology department of Wheaton College Graduate School.
His books include Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal, co-authored with Richard E. Butman and Barrett W. McRay, Sexual Identity Synthesis: A Guide to Living in the Time Between the Times, co-authored with Lori A. Burkett, Sexual Identity Synthesis: Attributions, Meaning-Making and the Search for Congruence, co-authored with Erica S. N. Tan, Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church's Moral Debate, and Ex-gays?: A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation co-authored with Stanton L. Jones. Most recently he has produced Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal with James N. Sells.
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- Chapter 1: A Culture Steeped In Sexual Identities
- Chapter 2: The Personal Decision To Adopt Gay Identity
- Chapter 3: Pulled From Both Sides
- Chapter 4: There Are Many Ways To Be A Sexual Minority
- Chapter 5: How Parents Can Help Kids
- Chapter 6: How Youth Ministers Can Help Kids