Researching for LGBTQ Health

Defining Community for LGBT People with Schizophrenia

This is a longitudinal, mixed-methods study exploring the experiences, beliefs, behaviors, and places that constitute community participation for LGBTQ people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or psychosis.

Background:

Sexual and gender minority individuals with mental health concerns are amongst the most marginalized individuals in North American society. They face high levels of stigma as a function of their being a sexual or gender minority and their having mental health concerns. Many also face discrimination in consumer-survivor and LGBTQ-positive contexts where individuals with a single primary stigmatized identity might find social refuge. The challenges that these individuals experience are exacerbated by a lack of attention in research and clinical commentaries. It is a paucity of research that has persisted despite (i) estimates of up to a half a million LGBTQ persons with mental health concerns in the United States, (ii) 25 years of repeated calls for inquiry in the area and, (iii) a large body of research highlighting the mental and physical health disparities of sexual and gender minority persons.

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Team Members:

Main Contact:

Sean Kidd (sean.kidd@camh.ca)

Funding Source:

National Institute of Mental Health (US)

Project Outcomes: