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Canadian Transgender Youth Health Survey

Canadian Transgender Youth Health Survey

In 2014, and again in 2019, SARAVYC conducted a bilingual survey to learn about the health of transgender youth in Canada. It was the first and largest of its kind in Canada, with 1,519 trans and/or non-binary youth across the nation responding in 2019.

Educator Perspectives on the Implementation and Impact of SOGI 123 in British Columbia Schools

Beginning in 2016 in British Columbia (BC), a program called Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) 1 2 3 was implemented in BC’s elementary and secondary schools, with the goal of creating safe and inclusive environments for students of all genders and sexual orientations. This program is therefore the first of its kind in Canada, and seeks to address the health gap between sexual minority students and their heterosexual peers.

Peer Navigator Effectiveness for HIV Prevention in Street-Involved & Homeless Youth

Reaching street-involved and homeless youth (SIY) and enabling them to make use of the many evidence-based HIV prevention and treatment interventions like antiretrovirals (ART) is critical to achieving the global goal declared by the United Nations of zero new infections and zero HIV deaths by 2030. Canadian sites (London, Toronto, Vancouver) and Kenyan sites (Pioneer and Kitale) all have many underserved SIY who bear a high burden of uncontrolled HIV.

Captaining Inclusion in BC Rugby

The aim of this study is to pilot test the effect of a short, discussion-led social cognitive intervention on homophobic language use, descriptive norms, injunctive norms, and attitudes towards using homophobic language. The intervention will be delivered by professional rugby union players to teenage rugby union teams.

Trans, Nonbinary and Two Spirit Young People’s Experiences of Government Care and Health Services in BC

In 2021, the Representative for Children and Youth in British Columbia contracted SARAVYC to undertake a series of studies using data from the BC Adolescent Health Survey and the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey to understand the experiences of gender minority youth in government care and accessing health services. For the project, SARAVYC undertook four interrelated literature reviews, data analyses of BCAHS (2018) and CTYHS (2014 & 2019), and interviewed former and current gender minority youth with experiences in government care and health services in the province.

Stressors experienced by parents of sexual and gender minority youth in collectivist communities

Sexual minority youth in British Columbia (BC) feel less supported by parents now than their sexual minority peers did in 1998, especially by fathers. There are few interventions designed for families, and almost all are group-based approaches in urban centres, with limited evaluation of their outcomes. Studies have shown the effectiveness of on-line and text-messaging approaches in sustaining health behaviour change, including by our research team, and such interventions can bypass barriers and access issues for parents and youth, even in rural areas (e.g., privacy, transportation, competing life demands, lack of available local professionals).

2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey Methodology

Background The BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS) has been conducted in BC public schools approximately every five years since 1992. The 2018 BC AHS was the sixth wave of the survey. The survey monitors the health promoting and health risk behaviours of youth in Grades 7–12 (12–19-year-olds), and is used to inform policies and […]