Services to LGBTQ runaway and homeless youth: Gaps and recommendations

Maccio, E. M.,
Ferguson, K. M.
Year Published: 2016
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Children and Youth Services Review
Volume: 63


In this study, the authors examined gaps in services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) runaway and homeless youth (RHY) and the steps that can be taken to address them. Over a 2-month period, they conducted 1-hour phone interviews with 24 program staff and agency directors from 19 LGBTQ-RHY-serving agencies across the country. Template analysis was used to code the interview transcripts, and themes were refined through an iterative coding process. Seven main themes, each with more descriptive subthemes, emerged from the analysis: a) housing services, b) educational services, c) employment services, d) family services, e) LGBTQ-affirming services, f) cultural competency training, and g) advocacy and organizing. The authors present their perceptions of these gaps and identify evidence-based policy and program recommendations from the literature to address them. The findings can guide program developers and policy makers in providing comprehensive, LGBTQ-affirming services for a substantial portion of the RHY population. Modified Author Abstract.

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