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Supporting LGBTQ+ youth

Date created
2017
Authors/Contributors
Author: Schwartz, C.
Author: Waddell, C.
Author: Andres, C.
Author: Yung, D.
Abstract
Background: Young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) often face added challenges growing up, including homelessness, violence and an unequal burden of mental health concerns. Consequently, there is a strong need to intervene to ensure these inequities are addressed.Methods: We used systematic review methods to identify studies assessing interventions aimed at supporting LGBTQ+ youth. Applying our inclusion criteria to the 22 studies identified from our searches, we accepted five observational studies.Results: Many schools in North America are implementing positive practices and policies to support LGBTQ+ youth. Effective interventions include supporting gay-straight alliances, enacting policies against homophobic bullying, and training staff.Conclusions: When discrimination against LGBTQ+ youth is addressed, there can be many positive benefits, including reduced substance use, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts by LBGTQ+ youth. Gay-straight alliances and policies against homophobic bullying may have benefits that extend beyond LGBTQ+ youth, including reducing drinking for all students. By encouraging and supporting LGBTQ+ youth, practitioners and policy-makers can assist all young people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
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Schwartz, C., Waddell, C., Andres, C., Yung, D., & Gray-Grant, D. (2017). Supporting LGBTQ+ youth. Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly, 11(2), 1–16. Vancouver, BC: Children’s Health Policy Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University.https://childhealthpolicy.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/RQ-11-17-Spring.pdf
Publication title
Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly
Document title
Supporting LGBTQ+ youth
Publisher
Vancouver, BC: Children’s Health Policy Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Date
2017
Volume
11
Issue
2
First page
1
Last page
16
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No
Language
English
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