Year: 1995 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.25, suppl., (1995), p.35-39 SIEC No: 19950053

This article notes the relative lack of empirical research concerning gay & lesbian self-identification in adolescents, points out limitations of studies cited by Rotheram-Borus & Fernandez (AN 950052), and calls into question their generalized statements. Additional findings are reviewed. “Coming out” is likened to a spiral staircase with a bonfire at the bottom. The heat intensity lessens with each step up the ladder but certain fears remain. Future areas of research are suggested. (15 Refs.)