Services to Homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth: What Works

Publication Year:
2016
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Repository URL:
http://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/309
Author(s):
Morales, Melissa
Tags:
Homeless; LGBTQ Youth; Social and Behavioral Sciences
project description
Health and behavior risks among homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth, are now part of nation wide conversation however, evidenced based practices and strategies for working with the youth remain very limited. This explorative study examined housing services, environments, and therapeutic interventions needed to help decrease high-risk behaviors among homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth. In order to examine and distinguish the services needed to assist youth, the presenting study conducted an open-ended qualitative survey where nine social services providers delivered their expertise on the issues found among homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth. The presenting study found that homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth had experiences that were distinct and complex so as a result, needed cultural competent services and environments to better suit their needs. The participants of the study provided concrete details of encounters between social service providers and homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth. From responses given, important insight was obtained on how to create safe and welcoming environments for at-risk or currently homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth.