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Research Snapshot: Peer and Family Belongingness Impact on the Mental Health of Black LGBTQ+ Youth

Highlights from a study about family support and Black LGBTQ+ youth

April 16, 2024

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Creating mental health interventions and support systems for individuals living at the intersection of multiple minority identities can be challenging. For Black youth who are also a sexual and/or gender minority, there is a lack of professional support due to limited studies on how stresses faced by the Black LGBTQ+ population affect mental health and wellbeing.

This study uses survey data to explore how feelings of family and peer belongingness impact depression, anxiety, and self-rated metal health in Black LGBTQ+ youth.

This research builds on our growing understanding of the Family Identity component of the Vanier Institute’s Family Diversities and Wellbeing Framework.

Watts, K. J., Wagaman, M. A., Eaton, A. D., Leung, V. W. Y., & Craig, S. L. (2023, September 27). Examining the role of peer and family belongingness in the mental health of Black LGBTQ+ youth. Child & Youth Services. Advance online publication. http://doi.org/10.1080/0145935X.2023.2261364