Exploring Lived Experiences of Violence and Coping Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in Kingston, Jamaica

Carmen H. Logie, Nakia Lee-Foon, Nicolette Jones, Kristina Mena, Kandasi Levermore, Peter A. Newman, Katherine Andrinopoulos, Stefan Baral

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Abstract

Objectives: This study explored experiences of violence and coping among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in Kingston, Jamaica. Methods: We conducted three focus groups with LGBT youth (18–29 years old), one with gay men (n = 10); one with transgender women (n = 8); and the third with lesbian and bisexual women (n = 5). Thematic analysis was used to understand lived experiences of violence and coping. Results: Findings revealed the complexity of types, sites, and consequences of violence, and adaptive and maladaptive coping strategies. Conclusions: Assets-based interventions to support LGBT youth in Jamaica should build on LGBT peer and community support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-353
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • Homosexuality
  • Jamaica
  • bisexuality
  • social stigma
  • transgender persons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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