Counseling Gay and Questioning Boys and Young Men

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date


Originally Published In

In S. Degges-White & B. Colon (Eds.), Counseling Boys and Young Men. New York, NY: Springer.

Volume Number

Chapter 9


Counseling Boys and Young Men provides a plethora of information and counseling techniques essential to the continued development of young men....The text serves as a noteworthy manual addressing the myriad of issues affecting young males in today' s society."--The Professional Counselor Journal

This comprehensive guide to the unique challenges faced by boys and young men encompasses today' s most critical issues and presents effective, evidence-based strategies for treating them. Recognizing the specific needs of diverse young males, this text covers such contemporary issues as bullying and harassment, anger management, online gaming, addiction, pornography, and gang membership. The differences between the developmental issues of males and females are addressed, along with the emotional, intellectual, and physical changes boys experience as they move into adolescence. The difficulties counselors face in their efforts to access emotional expression in boys are discussed along with strategies to overcome these barriers.

Each chapter includes a comprehensive case scenario that highlights the presenting issue, how the issue affects functioning, and how effective treatment is best implemented. Additional resources for more in-depth study are also included throughout the book.