The paper that we had the most discussion about this week was by Yost and McCarthy (2012). We discussed the prevalence of young heterosexual women kissing other women, the extent to which it is exploration versus sexual self-objectification, and what the increased prevalence of same-sex kissing between heterosexual women means for lesbian women’s sexual identity development.
I received an email alert about the special section of Child Development on ethnic/racial identity development in adolescence and young adulthood about 36 hours before class met. It was an interesting challenge to try to cram 4 new conceptual/review/meta-analysis articles into my usual prep time, but made me feel very up-to-date. We spent a fair bit of class time discussing the difference between ethnic identity and racial identity, and also discussing group specific measures vs. general measures like Phinney’s MEIM.
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