Introduction

Come along with me: linking LGBTQ youth to supportive resources

Author: Wolowic, J. M., Sullivan, R., Valdez, C. A. B., … (2018)

Come along with me: linking LGBTQ youth to supportive resources

Wolowic, J. M., Sullivan, R., Valdez, C. A. B., Porta, C. M., & Eisenberg, M. (2018). Come along with me: linking LGBTQ youth to supportive resources. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 9(3), 1-20.

Description

This paper describes a study in British Columbia and two US states that used ‘go along’ interviews to understand LGBTQ+ youth access to supportive resources and activities. Participants were from LGBTQ+ youth communities, and deliberately sampled from ethnic minorities. The article emphasizes the social ecology or context. It is not specific to mental health promotion but provides rich information about innovative approaches to engaging youth, and how to make spaces and programs welcoming for youth (especially disenfranchised youth).

Potential use

This article is for those who are interested in learning about how youth access resources and services and what they perceive as safe and welcoming spaces. This article might be of interest to those working with youth, especially LGBTQ+ youth and others who are more likely to be disenfranchised. The ‘go-along’ interview method is an interesting and innovative approach that could be a very useful data collection method for some research initiatives.

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