LGBTQ Youth-Serving Community-Based Organizations: Who Participates and What Difference Does it Make?

Jessica N. Fish, Raymond L. Moody, Arnold H. Grossman, Stephen T. Russell

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Abstract

LGBTQ youth are at greater risk for compromised health, yet large-scale health promotion programs for LGBTQ young people have been slow to develop. LGBTQ community-based organizations—which provide LGBTQ-focused support and services—have existed for decades, but have not been a focus of the LGBTQ youth health literature. The current study used a contemporary sample of LGBTQ youth (age 15–21; M = 18.81; n = 1045) to examine who participates in LGBTQ community-based organizations, and the association between participation and self-reported mental health and substance use. Youth who participated in LGBTQ community-based organizations were more likely to be assigned male at birth, transgender, youth of color, and accessing free-or-reduced lunch. Participation was associated with concurrent and longitudinal reports of mental health and substance use. LGBTQ community-based organizations may be an underutilized resource for promoting LGBTQ youth health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • Community programs
  • Health promotion
  • LGBTQ
  • Mental health
  • Sexual and gender minority
  • Substance use
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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LGBTQ Youth-Serving Community-Based Organizations : Who Participates and What Difference Does it Make? / Fish, Jessica N.; Moody, Raymond L.; Grossman, Arnold H.; Russell, Stephen T.

In: Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 01.01.2019.

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