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Online Mental Health, Substance Use, and Sex Education Resources for LGBTQ+ Young People

 

Theme: Mental Health Among Marginalized Communities
Project Title: Online Mental Health, Substance Use, and Sex Education Resources for LGBTQ+ Young People
GranteeOliver Haimson, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Michigan; Daniel Delmonaco, PhD Student, School of Information, University of Michigan; Gary Harper, Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan; Amber Hughson, CHAI Project Director, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan; Laura Jadwin-Cakmak, Research Director, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan; Elliot Popoff, CHAI Project Director, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
Grant Period: April-September 2020

Abstract
Stigma, discrimination, and other factors put lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other sexual and gender minority young people at increased risk for negative health outcomes. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth use the internet as a vital resource for finding health information. Many LGBTQ+ youth do not receive comprehensive and inclusive education in schools and cannot turn to other traditional resources such as adults or friends. In this research project, we conduct interviews, focus groups, and design sessions to investigate information practices of LGBTQ+ youth. We seek to understand how they use online resources to meet their health education information needs, particularly related to three primary areas: mental health, substance use, and sex education. Understanding the online health education information practices of LGBTQ+ youth will inform how to best meet their information needs. This project will support the efforts of the Community Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and contribute to its mission as we collaboratively design a web resource for comprehensive health education information with LGBTQ+ youth.