Research Impact Talk - Queer & Trans Youth Perspectives in Self-Harm Research

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Research for Change: Centering LGBTQ+ Lives & Communities

Research Impact Talk - Queer & Trans Youth Perspectives in Self-Harm Research

During this presentation, we will discuss how historical and contemporary perspectives on mental health decontextualize maladaptive coping behaviors, like self-harm, and position them within individuals vs. oppressive systems; explore the impact of oppression and marginalization on the development and maintenance of self-harm among queer and trans youth, and review recommendations for centering queer and trans youth perspectives in self-harm research, and positioning youth voice as essential for responding to self-harm on both micro and macro levels.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand how current conceptualizations of self-harm, as shaped by the DSM, potentially exclude the experiences of marginalized individuals like queer and trans youth
  • Identify common micro and macro-level risk and protective factors that may impact the development and maintenance of self-harm among queer and trans youth
  • Utilize examples from clinical and research frameworks on engaging with youth and centering youth perspectives to inform their own professional practice

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