Worthington et al. Heterosexual Identity Development Theory
Defined heterosexuality identity development as “the individual and social processes by which heterosexualy identified persons acknowledge and define their sexual needs, values sexual expression, and characteristics of sexual partners.
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Stages, Levels, Phases, and Components of the Theory
Composed of five domains
1) Unexplored Commitment
2) Active Exploration
4) Deepening and Commitment
Application of Theory to Practice
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Annotations of Associated Literature
Worthington, R. L., Savoy, H. B., Dillon, F. R., & Vernaglia, E. R. (2002). Heterosexual Identity Development: A Multidimensional Model of Individual and Social Identity. Counseling Psychologist, 30(4), 496-531.
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