Sunday, June 04, 2017

Are You Between The Ages Of 13 To 17?

If you are we want you for a study. UConn and the HRC are doing a study for LGBT students,
Researchers Launch National Study on the Lives of LGBTQ Teens
UConn Today
By Kenneth Best
May 17, 2017

UConn researchers and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) have launched a new, comprehensive national survey to examine the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) teenagers.

The online survey is open to LGBTQ teens between the ages of 13 and 17 living in the United States and seeks to provide detailed information on the lives of LGBTQ teens. HRC, which is the largest national LGBTQ civil rights organization, is using social media and affiliated networks to raise awareness about it.

“Our study takes a holistic approach to better understand the lived experiences of LGBTQ young people,” says Ryan Watson, assistant professor of human development and family studies and principal investigator for the study. “We are asking questions about sexual and gender identity, experiences at school and home, health behaviors, and the types of supports these teens receive from important people in their lives.”

The survey will continue online through the end of the summer, with a report based on the findings expected by early 2018.
I take it that this is a national survey and that HRC is working with other colleges around the country.

The goals of the study are,
“This study will allow us to look at how intersecting experiences related to disability, racial, and ethnic identities affect health behaviors, substance use, safety, and bullying for LGBTQ teens.” Learning more about these experiences can help researchers and policymakers to better understand how the current political climate of legislative battles over issues such as access to bathroom facilities in schools and other public buildings might impact particular youth in unique ways, says Watson.
Among the questions the survey hopes to answer are:

  • How might support from peers, family and others shape LGBTQ young people’s lives and create opportunities for resiliency?
  • What kinds of health concerns, such as smoking or stress, are common among LGBTQ teens?
  • How many transgender teens feel their identities are respected at school, and are able access gender-appropriate facilities?
  • How do intersecting identities, such as race or disability, affect the challenges and opportunities that LGBTQ youth encounter?
So if you are a high school or a college student go and take the survey.

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