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By Monica Shannon on November 21, 2017
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 services may exist for them. To better understand the sexual exploitation of boys, we did a broad literature search to identify and evaluate research on this topic. We looked at articles that were on topic, in English, written between 1990-2015, and published in academic journals.
In our initial search, we found over 11,000 articles. Ultimately, we narrowed this down to 33 articles that met our criteria. This included studies from Sweden, the United States, South Africa, Brazil, Canada and the United Kingdom amongst other places. Children and adolescents were sampled from a wide variety of contexts including schools and small non-governmental organizations. Prevalence rates of boys being sexually exploited ranged from 1.7% to 4.8% in school-based studies (5, 7, 29) and up to 16.1% in studies of street-involved and homeless youth (20, 21). Boys were sexually exploited in a range of locations including drainage tunnels, hotels and over the Internet. Sex was traded for things like money, food, gifts, shelter and drugs. Sexually exploited boys reported a range of unmet needs. However, little research exists on the specific health care and social services needed and accessed by this population. More research and additional services are needed to better understand and support the needs of sexually exploited boys.
By Monica Shannon on October 31, 2017
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 specifically on trans youth who answered the survey from the province of Ontario. They represent 268 of the 923 total participants. This regional report is a first snapshot of survey results. Read the report here.
Gender-Affirming Surgery Experience Survey and the Qualitative Study of Gender-Affirming Surgery Experiences in BC
By Monica Shannon on October 16, 2017
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 enhance the coordination and availability of trans health services and supports across the province.
The Survey had 337 respondents and was open to anyone residing in Canada who had undergone assessment and/or surgery in the last five years. Due to SARAVYC’s partnership with Trans Care BC (which began its work as a program in October 2015), we focused recruitment efforts on British Columbia for this first report. The survey asked trans people who were at various stages of accessing gender-affirming surgery about their experiences with this process, including their experiences with surgery readiness assessments and with various surgical and other procedures. You can read the results here.
The Qualitative Study is the first to offer some insights into the experiences of people in British Columbia who seek to access gender-affirming surgery. We interviewed 35 people who had at least one surgical readiness assessment and/or one surgery while residing in British Columbia in the last 5 years. We hope that the stories that they shared can help identify gender-affirming and supportive practices, as well as gaps in the recent system of care, so that the information can help our province continue to move towards a patient-centered model of gender-affirming surgical care. You can read the results here.
By Monica Shannon on October 10, 2017
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 years) trans youth about a wide range of life experiences and behaviours that influence young people’s health. This provincial report is a detailed snapshot of the larger national survey results. Read the report.
By jwolowic on September 7, 2017
We invite applications for an Aboriginal Research Coordinator position (up to 20 hours per week) for the term of one year. Applicants must start by November 1, 2017. For the right candidate we will consider changing this into a .75% FTE Postdoctoral Fellowship (for those with a PhD) or a Graduate Student Research Assistantship.
The successful applicant, under supervision from our Executive and Managing Directors, will facilitate an existing Indigenous Two Spirit Advisory Group of researchers, practitioners, and community members as well as be responsible for the writing of academic peer reviewed and community friendly facts sheets of the findings. They will be responsible for the writing related to complex multi-level analyses of large school-based surveys and LGBTQ disparities in British Columbia. The successful applicant will collaborate with graduate research assistants and be responsible for incorporating advisory council input into SPSS analysis and writing.
The Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) is a CIHR- funded team of researchers and community partners advancing research to improve the lives of LGBTQ2S and sexually exploited youth. The successful candidate will have a background in quantitative research and join a productive multi-disciplinary, mixed-methods research group with strong commitments to applied research that influence policy, practice and health.
Under supervision from the Executive Director and Managing Director, the Research Technician will take on a leadership role in the development of Aboriginal related LGBTQ analysis and implications. The Research Coordinator will:
- Project managing SARAVYC’s portion of the Indigenous Two Spirit Trends Analysis
- Facilitating Advisory group members in writing and knowledge translation activities
- Supervising research assistants and trainees conducting analysis
- Writing academic papers, press releases, presentations, website content, and info graphics
- Updating Executive and Managing Directors as well as collaborators at staff meetings, in email correspondence, and in phone conferences
Consequence of Error/Impact of Decision:
The Research Coordinator must possess attention to detail and understanding of data collection and maintenance from a variety of sources. They must also understand appropriate research protocol for Aboriginal community engagement. Failure to maintain attention to detail and conduct work in this context will jeopardize the quality of analysis and future research possibilities with Aboriginal communities.
The Principal Investigators Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc and Managing Director will provide supervision.
The Research Coordinator will supervise the Research Assistant and make contributions to team meetings at the research centre.
Research will be located at the School of Nursing research office at Koerner Pavilion, University Hospital, UBC-Vancouver campus so that s/he can work closely with the PI (Dr. Saewyc and Dr. Watson) and other members of the research team as well as access shared data storage services. Additional work and analysis will be completed with partnering organization, the McCreary Centre Society in Vancouver.
- Completed a Masters degree (or shortly expect to complete) in a relevant discipline (g. sociology, nursing, psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, public health)
- Research experience in quantitative research
- Participation, knowledge of and experience conducting community-based projects with urban and/or rural Aboriginal communities in the Northwest Coast is required
- Demonstrated ability to work with Aboriginal sexual minority groups and vulnerable youth
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively with excellent problem solving and communication skills
- Willing to work/meet on site at UBC and at the McCreary Centre Society
To apply, please contact SARAVYC’s Managing Director, Jennifer Wolowic (email@example.com) and submit:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Recent published peer reviewed papers if applicable
- Cover letter outlining specific examples of experience and research interests
Applications due October 10. Compensation approximately $25/hour for the Coordinator Role (a postdoctroral fellowship would be a different salary).
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.