“I just want to move forward”: Themes of resilience among LGBTQ young adults experiencing family rejection and housing insecurity
Children and Youth Services Review
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) young adults are overrepresented among young adults experiencing homelessness. Heterosexist and cisgenderist rejection from their families frequently causes and exacerbates this housing instability. Despite these challenges, LGBTQ young adults demonstrate tremendous resilience. Using grounded theory to analyze interviews with 15 young adults experiencing family rejection and housing instability, this study seeks to illuminate the practices and attitudes that allow LGBTQ young adults to develop and maintain resilience. Analysis of the interview data revealed three main themes: (1) strategizing: taking agency, making plans, and learning lessons; (2) connecting: getting support from individuals, institutions, and communities, and engaging in their own altruism; and, (3) coping: focusing on goals, maintaining motivation, and using creativity. This study holds important implications for housing agencies and others who seek to support LGBTQ young adults, suggesting that we should build programs that leverage the existing strengths and resilience of these young adults in efforts to create housing stability. ge the existing strengths and resilience of young adults in efforts to create housing stability.
Family rejection, LGBTQ youth homelessness, Resilience, Youth homelessness
Jonah P. DeChants, Jama Shelton, Yolanda Anyon, and Kimberly Bender. "“I just want to move forward”: Themes of resilience among LGBTQ young adults experiencing family rejection and housing insecurity" Children and Youth Services Review (2022). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106552