What is this research about?
During the early waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which little was known about how the pandemic was impacting 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness, this research was created to understand the specific experiences, challenges, and mental health responses among 2SLGBTQ+ youth at risk of, and currently experiencing, homelessness during the pandemic.
Moreover, this research aims to produce recommendations based on the research to improve programs and services for 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, in future waves of the pandemic, and during the transitions out of the pandemic.
What did the researchers do?
The researchers utilized a mixed-methods approach – combining both qualitative and quantitative data – to collect data from 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness and the service providers who serve them.
Data was collected through both virtual surveys and one-on–one interviews. The survey questions focused on mental health, alcohol and substance use, COVD-19 vaccine uptake, access to healthcare, social support, living situations, and family conflict; interview questions focused on COVID-19 related challenges and barriers, mental health, coping strategies, family life, and access to healthcare and community support services.
What did the researchers find?