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06-12-2023 | Original Paper

Challenges and Changes Experienced by Canadian LGBTQ/2S+ Youth during COVID-19

Auteurs: Chichun Lin, Monica Rana, Ronita Nath, Elizabeth M. Saewyc

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 2/2024

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Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, LGBTQ/2S+ youth globally reported experiencing loss of social supports, substance use, and mental health challenges. However, little is known about the experiences of Canadian LGBTQ/2S+ youth in this period. The present study aimed to explore the challenges and changes experienced by Canadian LGBTQ/2S+ youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a study involving 12 online focus groups from October 2020 to May 2021, 201 Canadian LGBTQ/2S+ youth answered COVID-19 related questions. Their responses were analyzed using thematic analysis. According to participants’ responses, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, Two Spirit, and of other sexual orientations or gender identities (LGBTQ/2S+) youth in Canada reported spending time exploring their identities during the COVID-19 pandemic and also experienced mental health challenges and isolation. Most participants shared that they stayed with their families during the pandemic because of financial challenges. However, they confided that they lacked personal space and independence in this arrangement, which led to strained relationships with family members. Our findings provide important information for health professionals, educators, and organizations to better understand and support LGBTQ/2S+ youth during the ongoing pandemic and future stay-at-home orders because of global or national emergencies.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Challenges and Changes Experienced by Canadian LGBTQ/2S+ Youth during COVID-19
Auteurs
Chichun Lin
Monica Rana
Ronita Nath
Elizabeth M. Saewyc
Publicatiedatum
06-12-2023
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 2/2024
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-023-02735-5

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