Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Mary Fawcett
The internet is a key part of identity exploration and the coming out process for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults. While the internet offers the benefits of allowing individuals to participate in LGBTQ+ identity formation, community development, and affirming sex education no matter where they live, it also presents challenges. These challenges include the potential for internet addiction, the possibility of encountering cyberbullying and derogatory language and hate speech online, and misinformation about sex. To help clients who are LGBTQ+ youth and young adults using the internet in their coming out process, counselors will need to know how to navigate both positive and negative influences that the internet can have on the mental health and overall wellbeing of these clients. Counselors should also be aware of the different needs of adolescents and young adults, as well as interventions relating to internet addiction, developing additional coping skills, and advocacy.
Morris, Margaret, "The Internet and LGBTQ+ Identity Formation in Adolescents and Young Adults" (2020). Counselor Education Capstones. 127.