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Promising Programs for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth
Ferguson, K. M.,
Maccio, E. M.
Year Published: 2015
Journal of Social Service Research
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
In this qualitative study, the authors explored promising programs across the United States for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) runaway and homeless youth (RHY). They conducted telephone interviews with 24 administrative staff and service providers from 19 nonprofit organizations serving LGBTQ RHY to identify promising programs and their key components. Participants offered integrated programs for all subgroups of LGBTQ and heterosexual RHY as well as separate programs for specific subpopulations of LGBTQ RHY. Collectively, integrated and separate programs were characterized by five novel components: a strong reliance on clinical evidence; use of a trauma-informed approach; provision of safe, stable, and supportive housing; incorporation of peer providers from the LGBTQ community; and opportunities for reciprocal learning between LGBTQ and heterosexual RHY. Findings can inform the implementation, evaluation, and replication of effective interventions to engage and retain LGBTQ RHY in services. Modified Author Abstract.