Project RESPEQT (Researching Research and Education on Supportive and Protective Environments for Queer Teens)

SARAVYC is participating in an NIH (RO1) funded grant to explore Multilevel Protective Factors for LGB youth in North America led by the University of Minnesota. In British Columbia, research members from SARAVYC under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc will be interviewing a total of 20 youth from urban, rural and suburban communities. As part of the interviews, we would like youth to take us to the places they hang out, services they use, and the places they feel safe. We will gather in-depth information on LGB adolescents’ perceptions of supportive elements in their schools and communities; this information will be used in later phases in conjunction with published literature and expert review to create an LGBTQ Environment Inventory that characterizes policies, programs, resources and other supports for LGBTQ youth that exist in these settings. The Inventory will then be used to measure indicators of support in 120 communities in British Columbia, Minnesota, and Massachusetts.

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