The Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) aims to understand the influences of stigma and discrimination on health disparities of marginalized youth, including sexually exploited, street-involved, and LGBTQ2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and Questioning, and Two Spirit) youth. We use mixed-methods approaches to explore how stigma and trauma lead to mental health issues, problem coping strategies such as substance use, and barriers to health care; as well as, how protective factors (e.g., supportive relationships) can buffer the distress and trauma. In collaboration with youth and their communities, we develop interventions to improve health outcomes and equity for marginalized youth.
Since 2006, SARAVYC has been dedicated to identifying evidence-based strategies to reduce stigma and improve resilience among marginalized youth populations, and share those results with the public. We collaborate with health professionals, policy-makers, educators, service providers, and youth to produce evidence-based research that influences policy, practice, and health.
Vision: Improved health outcomes and health equity for marginalized youth across Canada and internationally.
Key Research Directions
- We document health and disparities among LGBTQ2S youth in diverse ethnocultural groups, with the intent to create culturally relevant interventions for families.
- We seek to understand and address factors that contribute to victimization and perpetration of sexual violence among youth.
- We partner with NGOs, schools, government, and community organizations to conduct independent evaluations to help improve health programs and policies.