ERIC Number: EJ1032932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 73
Identity Safety and Relational Health in Youth Spaces: A Needs Assessment with LGBTQ Youth of Color
Gamarel, Kristi E.; Walker, Ja'Nina J.; Rivera, Lillian; Golub, Sarit A.
Journal of LGBT Youth, v11 n3 p289-315 2014
This article focuses on the function of youth organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities of color. LGBTQ young people (N = 29) participated in a series of focus groups, completed a brief demographic survey, and created individual community maps. The youth organization was described as providing LGBTQ youth with a home and sense of "we," which provided support for developing a sense of authenticity, mutual engagement, conflict tolerance, and empowerment in the face of discrimination. This study documents current forms of intervention occurring within the organization, particularly in providing an identity-safe environment to promote relational health. Findings support recommendations to foster resilience and positive identity development for LGBTQ youth of color.
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Minority Groups, Focus Groups, Surveys, Youth Programs, Empowerment, Social Bias, Social Discrimination, Intervention, Identification (Psychology), Resilience (Psychology), Interpersonal Relationship, Youth, Mixed Methods Research, Maps, Content Analysis, Grounded Theory, Community
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