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The Coming-Out Process for Homosexuals
Harold P. Martin
Psychiatric Services 1991; doi:
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Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Department of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 4200 East 9th Avenue, Campus Box C270, Denver, Colorado 80262

© 1991 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Coming out is a core developmental process for homosexual persons that spans many years. It usually begins in childhood with feelings of being different and progresses through various stages, induding acknowledgment of homosexuality, disclosure to others, acceptance of a homosexual identity, experimentation and exploration, and intimacy. ideally, the process ends in consolidation, a stage in which homosexuals no longer view them selves primarily in terms of sexual orientation. The author describes the various stages of the coming-out process and discusses the clinical implications for therapy with homosexual patients.

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