2017

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Frohard-Dourlent, H, Dobson S, Clark B, Doull M, Saewyc E. “I would have preferred more options”: accounting for non-binary youth in health research. Nursing Inquiry. 24 (2017): 1-9.

As a research team focused on vulnerable youth, we increasingly need to find ways to acknowledge non-binary genders in health research. Youth have become more vocal about expanding notions of gender beyond traditional categories of boy/man and girl/woman. Integrating non-binary identities into established research processes is a complex undertaking in a culture that often assumes […]

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, […]

Adjei, J, Saewyc E (2017). Boys are not exempt: Sexual exploitation of adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. Child Abuse & Neglect. 65 (2017): 14-23.

Research on youth sexual exploitation in Africa has largely neglected the experiences of exploited boys. To date, much of the research in sub-Saharan Africa continues to consider boys mainly as exploiters but not as exploited. Using the only publicly available population-based surveys from the National Survey of Adolescents, conducted in four sub-Saharan African countries — […]

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