Jenkins EK, Bungay V, Patterson A, Saewyc EM, Johnson JL. (2018). Assessing the impacts and outcomes of youth driven mental health promotion: A mixed-methods assessment of the Social Networking Action for Resilience study. Journal of Adolescence, 67: 1–11.

Abstract Mental health challenges are the leading health issue facing youth globally. To better respond to this health challenge, experts advocate for a population health approach inclusive of mental health promotion; yet this area remains underdeveloped. Further, while there is growing emphasis on youth-engaged research and intervention design, evidence of the outcomes and impacts are […]

Költő A, Young H, Burke L, Moreau N, Cosma A, Magnusson J, Windlin B, Reis M, Saewyc EM, Godeau E, Gabhainn SN. (2018) Love and Dating Patterns for Same‐ and Both‐Gender Attracted Adolescents Across Europe. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Abstract Sexual orientation is a multidimensional phenomenon, which includes identity, behavior, and attraction. The attraction component, however, is less studied than the other two. In this article, we present the development of a two‐item measure to identify adolescents who prefer same‐ and both‐gender partners for love and dating. The questions were administered to nationally representative […]

Watson RJ, VanKim NA, Rose HA, Porta CM, Gahagan J & Eisenberg ME. (2018) Unhealthy weight control behaviors among youth: Sex of sexual partner is linked to important differences. Eating Disorders.

Abstract Unhealthy weight control behaviors (UWCBs) have been decreasing for most youth over time, yet little is known whether these behaviors have changed for sexual minority (e.g., non-heterosexual) youth. This is important because many studies have found that sexual minorities report some of the highest rates of UWCBs. To determine whether or not these behaviors […]

Being Safe, Being Me in the Atlantic Provinces: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

Being Safe, Being Me in the Atlantic Provinces: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

The Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey was a national online survey conducted by researchers from several Canadian universities and community organizations. This report specifically examines trans youth located in the Atlantic Provinces. The survey included 122 participants from the Atlantic Provinces and used somewhat different questions for younger (14-18 years) and older (19-25 years) trans […]

A survey of experiences with surgery readiness assessment and gender-affirming surgery among trans people living in Ontario

A survey of experiences with surgery readiness assessment and gender-affirming surgery among trans people living in Ontario

  Read the report here. Read the report’s executive summary in French here.

Is Out In Schools Linked to Less Bullying In Schools?

Is Out In Schools Linked to Less Bullying In Schools?

Being Safe, Being Me in British Columbia: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

Being Safe, Being Me in British Columbia: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

The Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey was a national online survey conducted by researchers from several Canadian universities and community organizations. The survey included somewhat different questions for younger (14-18 years) and older (19-25 years) trans youth about a wide range of life experiences and behaviours that influence young people’s health. This report is focused […]

Watson RJ, Peter T, McKay T, Edkins T, and Saewyc E (2018). Evidence of changing patterns in mental health and depressive symptoms for sexual minority adolescents, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health

Abstract Depression, sadness, low self-esteem, and self-harm affect a substantial number of young people in North America. However, the prevalence of these symptoms has been found to be consistently higher for sexual minority (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual) populations. In this study, we traced the trends and disparities in mental health, including self-harm, forgone mental health […]

Job opening for Post-Doctoral Fellowship

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AT THE STIGMA AND RESILIENCE AMONG VULNERABLE YOUTH CENTRE The University of British Columbia’s School of Nursing (Vancouver, Canada) invites applications for a two-year term position, 1.0 FTE ($60,000 per year) at the rank of Post- Doctoral Fellow. The position can be extended for an additional year by mutual consent. The successful applicant, […]

Watson RJ, Lewis NM, Fish JN, Goodenow C. Sexual minority youth continue to smoke cigarettes earlier and more often than heterosexuals: Findings from population-based data. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 184: 64–70. 2018

Abstract Background An established body of research documents that sexual minority (i.e., lesbian, gay, and bisexual) populations are at higher risk for several adverse health behaviors and outcomes compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Smoking is one behavior where the gap is especially large, particularly among youth. Researchers have increasingly drawn attention to contextual determinants of […]

Clark BA, Veale JF, Townsend M, Frohard-Dourlent H, and Saewyc E. Non-binary youth: Access to gender-affirming primary health care. International Journal of Transgenderism, 2018

Abstract Background: Transgender (trans) youth who identify outside the gender binary are a growing subpopulation. In this article, we document differences in access to gender-affirming health care between binary and non-binary identified trans youth and explore ways of meeting the health needs of non-binary youth within primary care settings. Methods: The Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey is […]

Veale JF, Peter T, Travers R, and Saewyc EM. (2017) Enacted Stigma, Mental Health, and Protective Factors Among Transgender Youth in Canada. Transgender Health. December 2017, 2(1): 207-216.

Abstract Purpose: We aimed to assess the Minority Stress Model which proposes that the stress of experiencing stigma leads to adverse mental health outcomes, but social supports (e.g., school and family connectedness) will reduce this negative effect. Methods: We measured stigma-related experiences, social supports, and mental health (self-injury, suicide, depression, and anxiety) among a sample of 923 […]

Doull M, Wolowic J, Saewyc E, Rosario M, Prescot T, Ybarra M. (2017) Why girls choose not to use barriers to prevent STI transmission during female-to-female sex. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Abstract Purpose Using data from a national qualitative study of lesbian, bisexual, and other sexual minority adolescent girls in the U.S., this study examined their awareness of the risk of sexually transmitted infection (STI) and opportunities for barrier use. Methods Online asynchronous focus groups were conducted with lesbian and bisexual (LB) girls ages 14–18 years. […]

Moynihan M, Mitchell K, Pitcher C, Havaei F, Ferguson M, Saewyc E. (2018). A systematic review of the state of the literature on sexually exploited boys internationally. Child Abuse & Neglect, 76, 440–451.

This systematic review assessed the current state of the literature on sexually exploited boys internationally. We aimed to describe what is known about sexual exploitation of boys, identify gaps in the literature, provide implications for practice, and make recommendations for future research. Multiple database searches were conducted using a combination of controlled vocabulary and keywords […]

Seeking Postdoctoral Fellow with Quantitative Experience, LGBTQ2S

Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre The University of British Columbia’s School of Nursing (Vancouver, Canada) invites applications for a one-year term position, 0.75 FTE at the rank of Post-Doctoral Fellow. The position is for one year and can be extended for an additional year by mutual consent. Salary will […]

Seeking Postdoctoral Fellow with Quantitative Experience, TYHS

Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre The University of British Columbia’s School of Nursing (Vancouver, Canada) invites applications for a one-year term position, 0.75 FTE at the rank of Post-Doctoral Fellow. The position is for one year and can be extended for an additional year by mutual consent. Salary will […]

Beth A Clark, Jaimie F Veale, Devon Greyson, Elizabeth Saewyc. Primary care access and foregone care: a survey of transgender adolescents and young adults. Family Practice (2017)

Transgender adolescents and young adults are at increased risk for many negative health outcomes, including depression, anxiety and suicide. Research has documented that transgender adults and cisgender (non-transgender) adolescents may experience barriers to health care, and that foregone care is associated with poorer physical and mental health outcomes. Barriers to medical care experienced by transgender […]

Sexually Exploited Boys: What We Know and What We Don’t

Sexually Exploited Boys: What We Know and What We Don’t

Research and services focused on sexually exploited children and adolescents often target girls and leave out boys. However, research shows that boys often report similar rates of sexual exploitation as girls (10, 19, 27). This suggests that boys may experience more sexual exploitation than is commonly realized, while also facing greater barriers to what few […]

Being Safe, Being Me in Ontario: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

Being Safe, Being Me in Ontario: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

The Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey was a national online survey conducted by researchers from several Canadian universities and community organizations. The survey included somewhat different questions for younger (14-18 years) and older (19-25 years) trans youth about a wide range of life experiences and behaviours that influence young people’s health. This report is focused […]

Gender-Affirming Surgery Experience Survey and the Qualitative Study of Gender-Affirming Surgery Experiences in BC

Gender-Affirming Surgery Experience Survey and the Qualitative Study of Gender-Affirming Surgery Experiences in BC

The Gender-Affirming Surgery Experience Survey and the Qualitative Study of Gender-Affirming Surgery Experiences in BC are the results of a collaboration between the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) at the University of British Columbia, and Trans Care BC, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority. Trans Care BC’s role is to […]

Being Safe, Being Me in Alberta: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

Being Safe, Being Me in Alberta: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

The Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey was a national online survey conducted by researchers from several Canadian universities and community organizations. This report is focused specifically on  trans youth who live in Alberta, who made up 12% of the total respondents nation-wide. The survey included somewhat different questions for younger (14-18 years) and older (19-25 […]

Marla E. Eisenberg, Christopher J. Mehus, Elizabeth M. Saewyc, Heather L. Corliss, Amy L. Gower, Richard Sullivan & Carolyn M. Porta. (2018) Helping Young People Stay Afloat: A Qualitative Study of Community Resources and Supports for LGBTQ Adolescents in the United States and Canada. Journal of Homosexuality, 65:8: 969-989.

LGBTQ youth are at increased risk of poor health outcomes. This qualitative study gathered data from LGBTQ adolescents regarding their communities and describes the resources they draw on for support. We conducted 66 go-along interviews with diverse LGBTQ adolescents (mean age = 16.6) in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and British Columbia in 2014–2015, in which interviewers accompanied participants in […]

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