Heterosexual identity development: A multidimensional model of individual and social identity

Roger L. Worthington, Holly Bielstein Savoy, Frank R. Dillon, Elizabeth R. Vernaglia

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Abstract

This article builds on earlier conceptual models of identity development to propose a model of heterosexual identity development. A review of the existing literature on majority and minority group identity development, heterosexuality, and other relevant foundational literature is provided as a rationale for the proposed model. Based on an analysis of the strengths and limitations of the existing literature, the authors propose a preliminary model of heterosexual identity development. The article concludes with implications for research, practice, training, and measurement in counseling psychology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)496-531
Number of pages36
JournalThe Counseling Psychologist
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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