Reports

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 […]

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.

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 distributed: one to younger […]

Smith, A., Stewart, D., Poon, C., Peled, M., Saewyc, E. and McCreary Centre Society. (2014). From Hastings Street to Haida Gwaii: Provincial results of the 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey.McCreary Centre Society

The 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey was administered to almost 30,000 public school students across the province. It provides a comprehensive look at the health of youth aged 12–19. The results from the survey show us that British Columbia youth come from increasingly diverse backgrounds. For example, between 2008 and 2013 the percentage of students […]

Poon C, Smith A, Saewyc E, & McCreary Centre Society. (2015). Sexual health of youth in BC. McCreary Centre Society

In 2013, the h BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS) was completed by nearly 30,000 students in grades 7 to 12 in public schools across British Columbia. Sexual health was one of many topics covered in the survey. Youth were asked about their sexual health behaviours and sexual experiences. As some youth do not consider engaging in oral […]

Smith A, Peled M, Poon C, Stewart D, Saewyc E, & McCreary Centre Society. (2015). We all have a role: Building social capital among youth in care. McCreary Centre Society

Research has shown the value of social capital in relation to an individual’s health, happiness, and improved life expectancy, as well as the benefits to a community of having social networks that can come together to support the community and make positive change happen. Using data from the 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey which was […]

Smith A, Stewart D, Poon C, Peled M, Saewyc E, & McCreary Centre Society. (2015). Our communities, our youth: The health of homeless and street-involved youth in BC. McCreary Centre Society

Youth across British Columbia most commonly first became homeless or street-involved when they were 13 or 14 years old, although more than a quarter (28%) first became homeless at a younger age. As in 2006, Aboriginal youth were over-represented among homeless and street-involved youth (53% of survey respondents). Other marginalized groups of youth who were […]

McInnis OA, Young MM, Saewyc E, Jahrig J, Adlaf E, Lemaire J, Taylor S, Pickett W, Stephens M, Di Gioacchino L, Pica L, Levin D, Tonita A, Wang H, and Xiong H. (2015). Urban and rural student substance use: Technical report. Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Background Differences in economic, cultural, social and educational factors between urban and rural areas in Canada might influence behavioural and mental health outcomes. However, most research assessing differences in urban and rural patterns of substance use has been conducted in the United States. Within Canada, information is limited on whether students who attend urban and […]

Smith A, Stewart D, Poon C, Peled M, Saewyc E, & McCreary Centre Society. (2015). How many is too many for BC youth? Alcohol use and associated harms. McCreary Centre Society

Among 12- to 19-year-olds who completed the 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS), 45% of males and females had tried alcohol. With this percentage of BC students consuming alcohol it is important to establish the level at which use becomes harmful. Some people would argue that any use is risky, and some of the […]

Tourand, J., Smith, A., Poon, C., Saewyc,E. & McCreary Centre Society. (2016). Raven’s Children IV: Aboriginal youth health in BC.McCreary Centre Society

There have been many improvements in Aboriginal youth health over the past decade. For example, there was a decrease in the percentage reporting serious injuries and an increase in those eating fruit and vegetables. Youth were less likely to have tried tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, or other substances than in previous years; and the percentages who […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tsuruda S., Hoogeveen C., Smith A., Poon C., Saewyc E., & the McCreary Centre Society (2012). Raven’s Children III: Aboriginal youth health in BC. Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

McCreary’s review of the health of Aboriginal youth in BC. The report was overseen by an advisory committee of experts in Aboriginal youth health, and includes data from over 3,000 Aboriginal youth as well as input from more than 100 Aboriginal youth and adults across the province who reviewed the findings. Using data from the […]

Tsuruda, S., Smith, A., Poon, C., Saewyc, E., & McCreary Centre Society (2012). Métis youth health in BC. Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

This brief report explores the health picture of Métis youth in British Columbia. It is based on data from the 2008 BC Adolescent Health Survey (AHS). The data presented here is about Métis youth in the mainstream public school system, and includes youth who were present on the day the survey was administered. It therefore […]

Young, M. M., Saewyc, E., Boak, A., Jahrig, J., Anderson, B., Doiron-Brun, Y., Taylor, S., Pica, L., Laprise, P., and Clark, H. [Student Drug Use Surveys Working Group]. (September 2011). The Cross Canada Report on Student Drug Use. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

Student drug use surveys provide an essential source of information about the prevalence and frequency of substance use, associated harms, socio-demographic correlates, and identification of high-risk groups in a youth population. Surveys that ask about drug use are conducted intermittently in nine of Canada’s 10 provinces. Unfortunately, there is large variability in methodologies employed and […]

Smith, A., Stewart D., Peled, M., Poon, C. Saewyc, E. & the McCreary Centre Society (2009). A Picture of Health: Highlights of the 2008 British Columbia Adolescent Health Survey. Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

This report provides the results of the fourth Adolescent Health Survey conducted in 1,760 classrooms across 50 of BC’s 59 school districts. The 2008 AHS is the largest survey of its kind in Canada and provides the most comprehensive picture of the physical and emotional health of BC youth, including risk and protective factors. The […]

Sexual Minority Assessment Research Team [E. Almazan, G. Ayala, M.V.L. Badgett, L. Bye, C. Carpenter, D. Chae, S. Cochran, K. Conron, R. Diaz, G.J. Gates, M. Klawitter, S. Landers, E. Saewyc, R. Sell]. (2009). Best Practices for Asking Questions about Sexual Orientation on Surveys. The Williams Institute, University of California at Los Angeles.

In 2003 the Ford Foundation began funding a multi-year project that sought to increase the quantity and quality of data on gay, lesbian, and bisexual people, and, by extension, on heterosexual people. Over a five-year period, many researchers participated in the expert panel funded by the grant, thus contributing to the knowledge embodied in this […]

Smith, A., Peled, M., Albert, M., MacKay, L., Stewart, D, Saewyc, E., & the McCreary Centre Society. (2008). Making the Grade: A Review of Alternate Education Programs in British Columbia. Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

A review of alternative education programs in BC, involving three hundred thirty-nine youth attending 34 alternative education programs for “at-risk” and “high risk” youth across the province, and 62 adult stakeholders. The review documents the positive impact of these programs for at-risk youth. ISBN #: 978-1-895438-86-1 Find the report here.

Saewyc E, & Duncan S. (November 2008). Evidence for healthy child and youth development interventions for core public health functions. Report for the BC Ministry of Healthy Living & Sport, Core Functions in Public Health.

For children and youth in British Columbia, the school years are important periods of physical, cognitive, social, and moral development. Choices made during this time influence health and behaviours throughout their lives, but these choices are influenced by social environments and broader determinants of health. There is a large body of research focused on effective […]

Smith A., Saewyc E., Albert M., MacKay L., Northcott M., & the McCreary Centre Society (2007). Against the Odds: A Profile of Marginalized and Street-Involved Youth in BC. Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

The lives of marginalized and street-involved youth are complex and filled with challenges, dangers and opportunities. This report summarizes the results of surveys with marginalized youth in the North, Interior, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Vancouver. It also serves as a follow-up to McCreary’s 2000 health survey of marginalized and street-involved youth (street youth) in […]

Saewyc E., Poon C., Wang N., Homma Y., Smith A., & the McCreary Centre Society. (2007). Not Yet Equal: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Youth in BC. Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

Not Yet Equal: The Health of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth in BC takes a closer look at the health of LGB youth, their life experiences, and risk behaviours across all three Adolescent Health Surveys. This report reveals both hopeful and worrying trends, fewer than expected differences between rural and urban LGB youth, and ongoing […]

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