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UMass Amherst Research Highlights Need for Culturally Relevant Health Promotion for LGBTQ Youth

UMass Amherst Community Health Education doctoral candidate Ms. Alice Fiddian-Green, with co-authors Dr. Aline Gubrium of UMass Amherst and Dr. Jeffery C. Peterson of Washington State University, recently published case studies about the social, emotional, and physical consequences faced by Puerto Rican Latina youth when coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). The article, titled “Puerto Rican Latina Youth Coming Out to Talk About Sexuality and Identity,” appears in a recent edition of the journal Health Communication.

Alice Fiddian Green Fall 2016
[Photo: Ms. Alice Fiddian-Green]

The researchers present two case studies from Dr. Gubrium’s NIH-funded project “Let’s Talk About Sex: Digital Storytelling for Puerto Rican Latina Youth “which highlight the need for “meaningful and culturally relevant health promotion efforts for LGBTQ-identified Puerto Rican Latina youth across the life span,” including : the need for more inclusive sexual health programming, more responsive policies around LGBTQ-targeted bullying in schools, and increased social support and outreach for LGBTQ youth and their families.

The researchers’ methodology supports a community-based agenda to address teen pregnancy, and used digital storytelling as an engaged narrative-based approach for identifying gaps in current sexual health education and programming efforts.

Ms. Fiddian-Green is in the planning stages of her dissertation research, which will use digital storytelling to enhance medication-assisted treatment programming for pregnant and postpartum women with opioid dependence.