Associations Between Community-Level LGBTQ-Supportive Factors and Substance Use Among Sexual Minority Adolescents
The availability of LGBTQ community-level organizations, events, and programs may serve as protective factors for substance use among sexual minority adolescents. In particular, LGBTQ-supportive community factors were negatively associated with substance use, which has important implications for our investment in community programs, laws, and organizations that advance the visibility and rights of LGBTQ people.
A video resource to support East Asian lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth and their families. Available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, and English. The series features three videos, each with a specific action that parents can take to support their teen’s sexual orientation.
Supportive Community Resources Are Associated with Lower Risk of Substance Use among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning Adolescents in Minnesota
Abstract Purpose Research has indicated that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer/questioning (LGBQ) adolescents have disproportionately high rates of substance use compared to heterosexual peers; yet certain features of schools and communities have been associated with lower substance use rates in this population. Methods To advance this field, research examining multiple levels of influence using measures […]
Abstract Purpose Sexual minority youth are at higher risk of substance use than heterosexual youth. However, most evidence in this area is from North America, and it is unclear whether the findings can be generalized to other cultures and countries. Methods In this investigation, we used data from the 2014 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children […]
A brochure to support East Asian lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth and their families. Available in English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
The following infographic shows key findings from the research into health outcomes among LGB East Asian youth and the role family can play in supporting their well-being. The download is available in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
Sexual orientation can be hard to talk about. Many people find it confusing and potentially complex. For many parents, it’s especially uncomfortable to talk about sexuality with their kids, but small steps go a long way. The team at SARAVYC has designed a resource for East Asian parents as part of our research in tracking […]
Trans youth in Canada face high levels of violence, and this can contribute to substance use. However, research at SARAVYC showed that even when transgender youth experience high levels of violence or discrimination, a supportive family and safe school can make a difference. Specifically, strong family and school connections are helping prevent transgender youth from […]
Abstract Research at the intersection of substance use and protective factors among transgender youth is scarce; emerging evidence suggests high risk for substance use for transgender youth. We analyzed data from 323 transgender youth aged 14–18 ( M age = 16.67) to investigate the extent that risk (enacted stigma) and protective factors (support from family, school, friends) […]
Abstract Despite efforts to decrease substance use, rates among sexual minority youth (SMY) remain higher than among heterosexuals. Substance use is a leading contributor to morbidity and mortality in adulthood, and SMY’s use of substances is related to poorer mental and emotional health. We sought to document the trends in substance use for a large […]