Date on Senior Honors Thesis
Senior Honors Thesis
School of Social Work
LGBTQIA+; mental health; adolescents; peer-support
This paper will discuss the correlation between participation in a mental health peer-support training and adolescents’ self-reported feelings of preparedness to deal with mental health crises. The paper will focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other non-heterosexual, non-cisgender youth (LGBTQIA+) between the ages of 13 and 21 years old. The study used a quantitative, written survey with eighteen questions before the intervention, and another with five questions after the intervention. The study originally involved eleven participants, but the number of participants decreased to seven due to attrition. The intervention was administered to every participant. The data were analyzed to find the averages and standard deviations for each category. The results found that the average preparedness increased after the intervention. Due to lack of a control group, the researcher was not able to determine causation, but they were able to determine correlation. The researcher concluded that there was a short-term increase in feelings of preparedness to deal with crises in correlation with receiving the mental health training.
Chernosky, Megan A, "A peer-support mental health response training for LGBTQIA+ adolescents." (2018). College of Arts & Sciences Senior Honors Theses. Paper 152.
Retrieved from https://ir.library.louisville.edu/honors/152
This study taught teenagers how to deal with their friends' mental health emergencies. It focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other non-heterosexual, non-cisgender teenagers. It determined that teenagers felt that they were better able to deal with mental health emergencies after participating in the study.