Being Safe, Being Me in the Prairie Provinces: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey in Saskatchewan & Manitoba.

Being Safe, Being Me in the Prairie Provinces: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey in Saskatchewan & Manitoba.

Read the report.   This regional report is a part of a larger project, The Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey. Researchers from universities and other organizations in Canada created the survey, which was administered online to 923 participants across Canada, with 67 respondents coming from the Prairie Provinces (Saskatchewan & Manitoba). Two different surveys were […]

Canadian Nursing Association Webinar

Download our 2014 “Evaluation of North Shore PHN’s Child and Youth School-Linked Practice“

Research on Transgender Youth Pregnancy Published

Our latest research regarding rates of pregnancy of transgender youth has just been published. It’s the first of its kind. http://news.ubc.ca/2016/09/07/transgender-youth-face-similar-risks-for-pregnancy-as-other-adolescents/

Saewyc E., Poon C., Kovaleva K., Tourand J., & Smith A. (2016). School-based interventions to reduce health disparities among LGBTQ youth: Considering the evidence. Vancouver: McCreary Centre Society & Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre.

There is a need for health promotion interventions for LGBTQ youth that can reduce critical health gaps that LGBTQ youth experience. Schools are an important environment for youth, and a key place where public health professionals, partnering with school staff, can support effective health promotion strategies. Indeed, some of the best strategies for promoting youth […]

Qualitative Study of Gender-Affirming Surgery Experiences in British Columbia

We are a team of health researchers from the University of British Columbia working in partnership with the Trans Care BC program at the Provincial Health Services Authority to improve the delivery of services to trans people who are interested in accessing gender-affirming surgeries. The Principal Investigator of this project is Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc (Elizabeth.saewyc@ubc.ca). […]

Seeking Interview Participants About Gender Affirming Surgery Experiences in BC

 

Wolowic, Jennifer, Heston, Laura, Saewyc, Elizabeth, Porta, Carolyn, and Eisenberg, Marla. “Embracing the Rainbow: LGBTQ Youth Navigating “Safe” Spaces and Belonging in North America. “ Journal of Adolescent Health 58(2016): S1. Print.

Purpose While rainbows and safe space stickers have been a part of health care and school interventions promoting LGBTQ youth health and well-being, little research has been published describing how youth perceive and use the symbol. As part of a larger study on LGBTQ youth wellness, we explored youth perceptions of the rainbow and other symbols […]

Taylor C., Peter T., Edkins T., Campbell C., Émond G., & Saewyc E. (2016). The National Inventory of School District Interventions in Support of LGBTQ Student Wellbeing: Final Report. Vancouver, BC: Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre, University of British Columbia

Taylor C., Peter T., Edkins T., Campbell C., Émond G., & Saewyc E. (2016). The National Inventory of School District Interventions in Support of LGBTQ Student Wellbeing: Final Report. Vancouver, BC: Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre, University of British Columbia

A new national SARAVYC survey headed by The University of Winnipeg’s Dr. Catherine Taylor finds that most Canadian school administrators want to offer specific supports to enhance the safety and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Two Spirit, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students. The study surveyed 141 Canadian school districts, including rural, urban, regional; French, […]

Survey of Trans Canadians’ Experiences with Gender-Affirming Surgery –Invitation to Participate

Survey of Trans Canadians’ Experiences with Gender-Affirming Surgery –Invitation to Participate

The Survey of Trans Canadians’ Experiences with Gender-Affirming Surgery is a completely anonymous online survey for adults who have had a readiness assessment or gender affirming surgery(ies) in the last 5 years. You can take the survey here: www.survey.ubc.ca/s/trans-surgery-experiences/  

SARAVYC Research Symposium-April 25

Our interdisciplinary team will be sharing quantitative and qualitative outcomes from long term trends analysis as well as more recent qualitative insights into LGBTQ youth environments and schools. Please RSVP to jwolowic@mail.ubc.ca.  Light refreshments will be served. April 25, 2016 1-3:30pm Room T206 3rd Floor, UBC Hospital   Presentations include: Disordered Eating among Massachusetts Heterosexual […]

Dr. Saewyc and Dr. Veale Discuss Trans Youth Health Survey

Gender Spectrum organized  Webinar with Dr. Jaime Veale and Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc about our Trans Youth Health Survey.

Infographic for Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

Infographic for Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

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Vancouver Technical High School Wellness Initiative

Vancouver Technical High School Wellness Initiative

In collaboration with Vancouver Technical High School, SARAVYC researchers, led by Dr. Sheila Marshall  is evaluating their School Wellness Initiative. A Steering committee (called WIN) was created by the school and guides the project. WIN, the administration, students, teachers, and counselors were consulted about what wellness means for their school. A survey was constructed from consultations and administered […]

Reorienting risk to resilience: street-involved youth perspectives on preventing the transition to injection drug use

Kira Tozer1, Despina Tzemis1, Ashraf Amlani1, Larissa Coser2, Darlene Taylor13, Natasha Van Borek1, Elizabeth Saewyc4 and Jane A. Buxton Background The Youth Injection Prevention (YIP) project aimed to identify factors associated with the prevention of transitioning to injection drug use (IDU) among street-involved youth (youth who had spent at least 3 consecutive nights without a […]

Girl2Girl: Harnessing text messaging to reduce teenage pregnancy among LGB girls

Despite compelling data that lesbian and bisexual women are at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), programs tailored to the unique needs of adolescent lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) women continue to be nonexistent. Perhaps not surprisingly, LGB women’s perceptions of HIV/STI and pregnancy risk is low, even though they report higher rates of sexual […]

Read Trans Youth Health Survey Report in French

Read Trans Youth Health Survey Report in French

Read Trans Youth Health Survey Report in English

Read Trans Youth Health Survey Report in English

Veale J, Saewyc E, Frohard-Dourlent H, Dobson S, Clark B & the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey Research Group (2015). Being Safe, Being Me: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey. Vancouver, BC: Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia

Read in English Read in French A new national study by SARAVYC shows that while Canada’s transgender youth face significant physical and mental health issues, strong family, school and community connections are helping many of them navigate these challenges. The study, funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research and completed in collaboration with universities […]

Dr. Christine Wekerle

Dr. Christine Wekerle

Welcome! Dr. Wekerle will be visiting Vancouver on April 7th to connect with SARAVYC researchers and Vancouver community research partners. She will be giving two talks: Using Art to Enhance Clinical Learning: The Engaging and Educating in Child Maltreatment Course 12:30pm Room T206 3rd Floor, Koerner Pavillion read more The Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathways Projects: Findings on Risks […]

SARAVYC Hosting a Brown Bag Lunch

SARAVYC Hosting a Brown Bag Lunch

Join Us for An Exciting Discussion

Join Us for An Exciting Discussion

The Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathways Project: Findings on Risks and Resilience Please join us for a discussion on issues in service and provisions for youth with multiple forms of maltreatment histories and how to support their development and resilience. Dr. Christine Wekerle will share findings from a study that followed adolescents over 2-3 years as they received […]

Bisexual Health Awareness Month

Bisexual Health Awareness Month

March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month. We have several articles that focus on the health and well being of bisexual youth. Saewyc, E., Homma, Y., Skay, C., Bearinger, L., Resnick, M., & Reis, E. (2009). Protective factors in the lives of bisexual adolescents in North America. American Journal of Public Health, 99 (1), 110-117. Saewyc, […]

SARAVYC’s Elizabeth Saewyc Helped Review WHO Core Competencies in Adolescent Health

The World Health Organization has just released its “Core Competencies in Adolescent Health and Development for Primary Care Providers-including a tool to assess the adolescent health and development component in pre-service education of health-care providers.” Our own Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc served as an external review for the new WHO report and was the only expert selected from […]

Creighton G., Shumay S., Moore E., Saewyc E. (2014). Capturing the wisdom and the resilience: How the Pinnacle Program fosters connections for alternative high school students. Vancouver: Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre, University of British Columbia.

The Pinnacle Program is a joint partnership between the Vancouver Board of Education and the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD–the Provincial Ministry responsive for child protection) which provides grades 11 and 12 secondary education for adolescents. The Pinnacle Program is an innovative educational model that provides low barrier access for youth who wish […]

Evaluation of North Shore Public Health Nurses’ Child and Youth School-Linked Practice

As a means to improve youth health, the BC Government introduced the Healthy Schools Strategy, based on a comprehensive school health framework. In Vancouver Coastal Health, the North Shore Public Health Nursing Child & Youth Team developed plans to provide school nursing in all 12 public high schools in West Vancouver and North Vancouver (School […]

Rosario, M et al. 2014. Sexual-orientation disparities in substance use in emerging adults: A function of stress and attachment paradigms. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol 28(3) 790-804

More lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youths than heterosexuals report substance use. We examined a theoretical model to understand these disparities in lifetime and past-year substance use by means of stress and attachment paradigms, using the longitudinal Growing Up Today Study (GUTS) and Nurses’ Health Study II (NHSII). GUTS participants are the children of participants […]

Taylor, C. (2014). Our right to choose: Religious conservatives versus LGBTQ-inclusive schools. In Gerald Walton (Ed.),The Gay Agenda: Claiming Space, Identity, and Justice (pp. 309-326). New York: Peter Lang.

The “gay agenda” is a rhetorical strategy deployed by the religious right and other social conservatives to magnify fear and hostility of queers. Queers are accused, among other things, of strategizing to recruit children into sexually deviant lifestyles; dismantling family and marriage as cornerstones of civilization; and forcing the entertainment industry and court systems to […]

Peter, T. & Taylor, C. (2014). Buried above ground: A university-based study of prevalence and risk/protective factors for suicidality among sexual minority youth. Journal of LGBT Youth, 11(2), 125-149

This study examined differences in suicidal behavior between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) and non-LGBTQ university students as well as investigated the importance of risk and protective factors in the prediction of suicidality between these two groups. A total of 1,205 university students participated in the survey. Findings show, compared to non-LGBTQ respondents, […]

Understanding Health Risks and Promoting Resilience in Male Youth with Sexual Violence Experience

In 2015, SARAVYC will join a team of researchers seeking to increase health knowledge about and improve services for male youth who have experienced sexual violence.The CIHR funded grant, led by Principal Investigator Christine Wekerle of McMaster University, will target Aboriginal youth health (mental health resilience) as well as the engagement of youths’ in violence prevention. The research will also […]

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

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, […]

Please Welcome Our New Post-Doctoral Fellows

Please Welcome Our New Post-Doctoral Fellows

Please Welcome Jones Adjei and Ryan Watson! Our new Post-Doctoral Fellows! Dr. Jones Adjei The Case of Ghana.”is a social demographer from the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario. His doctoral research, Contextual Influences on Family Role Transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Ghana, explored the region’s intricately linked sociocultural and economic […]

Canadian Transgender Youth Health Survey

Canadian Transgender Youth Health Survey

Between October 2013 and May 2014 we conducted a national health survey for Canadian youth who identify as trans* or genderqueer, and are between the ages of 14 – 25. The survey asked about a wide range of health issues—home and family, nutrition, exercise, alcohol and tobacco use, access to health care—the same questions asked in general […]

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