Identity Development Essay

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For this assignment, access and read the article “Daughter Spurs Shift in Gephardt’s View on Gays” in order to answer the following prompts in an essay (900-1,000 words), citing three to five sources in addition to the textbook to support your answers:

Think about what the family has gone through and the impact has been on all family members. Chrissy was an adult when she came out to her family as a lesbian, however research is showing more and more people are coming out as early as middle school and a vast majority end of high school.

1. Explain the role spirituality can play in identity development during adolescence. Explain how religious teen groups/programs can assist families dealing with identity development. What about teens whose views on religion/spirituality differ from their parents/family? What resources are available for them?

2. What local resources are available in your area to help both teenagers and parents understand sexual development issues from a religious stance? As a mental health worker, how can you utilize these resources?

3.How could a mental health worker with the Christian worldview help a family dealing with mental health issues about sexual identity or orientation?

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