Dr. Marla Eisenberg

Marla E. Eisenberg, Christopher J. Mehus, Elizabeth M. Saewyc, Heather L. Corliss, Amy L. Gower, Richard Sullivan & Carolyn M. Porta. 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 (2017).

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 […]

Porta C, Gower A, Mehus C, Yu X, Saewyc E, Eisenberg, M (2017). “Kicked out”: LGBTQ youths’ bathroom experiences and preferences. Journal of Adolescence. 56 (2017): 107-112.

Abstract Attention toward who can use which gender binary, multi-stall bathroom has brought to the forefront, once again, the ways in which youth are supported or marginalized. No study has documented sexual and gender minority youths’ experiences with and perspectives about bathrooms. We collected qualitative data in 2014–2015. Participants were 25 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, […]

Wolowic J, Heston L, Saewyc E, Porta C, Eisenberg M (2016). Chasing the rainbow: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth and pride semiotics. Culture, Health and Sexuality. 2016 Nov 10:1-15

While the pride rainbow has been part of political and social intervention for decades, few have researched how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer young people perceive and use the symbol. How do lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth who experience greater feelings of isolation and discrimination than heterosexual youth recognise and deploy the […]

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 […]

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