Title

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth: Health disparities and Protective Factors

First Presenter's Institution

George Washington University

Second Presenter's Institution

NA

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Harborside East Center

Strand #1

Mental & Physical Health

Strand #2

Social & Emotional Skills

Relevance

Strand IV – HEALTH: Mental & Physical Health: This topic directly discusses the mental and physical health disparities experienced by LGBTQ youth, as well as looking at factors which would improve outcomes.

Strand II – HEART: Social & Emotional Skills: Within this topic, issues of school climate, cultural diversity, & positive identity development will be discussed.

Brief Program Description

This presentation will provide a glimpse into the physical and mental health disparities that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth face, with an emphasis on the public school environment. Protective factors and building resilience will be discussed.

Summary

A group that is sometimes overlooked within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community is school-aged youth (ages 12-18). The difficulties that many LGBTQ youth face during their middle and high school years have been well-documented. The mental and physical health disparities that Sexual Minority Youth (SMY) experience have also been documented by various researchers & one way of thinking about these disparities is through the lens of the Minority Stress Model. Understanding the risk for these disparities, as well as discussing issues of resiliency and protective factors is vital for those who work with youth on a regular basis.

This poster presentation will provide attendees the opportunity to explore information about the mental and physical health disparities that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth experience. While there is a particular emphasis on the school setting, the information can be applied across a wide range of settings. Researched based strategies to improve outcomes for LGBTQ youth will be discussed. Handouts providing information and resources will be available to all interested conference attendees.

Evidence

Information regarding protective factors for LGBT youth is based largely on information from the Family Acceptance Project (2009) and the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition (2012), both of which provide statistical data about outcomes for youth. Work from other researchers, examined through the lens of counseling/social work, is explored.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Jeremy Shain, Ed.S., LPC, is a middle school counselor in Villa Rica, Georgia. Prior to his current position, Jeremy worked doing in-home therapy & assessments with clients referred by the Department of Family & Children Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice. He holds degrees from the University of West Georgia and The University of Alabama, and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice at The George Washington University.

Keyword Descriptors

Youth, LGBTQ, health, disparities, protective, factors, counselors

Presentation Year

2018

Start Date

3-6-2018 4:00 PM

End Date

3-6-2018 5:30 PM

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Mar 6th, 4:00 PM Mar 6th, 5:30 PM

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth: Health disparities and Protective Factors

Harborside East Center

This presentation will provide a glimpse into the physical and mental health disparities that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth face, with an emphasis on the public school environment. Protective factors and building resilience will be discussed.