Gay-Straight Alliances On University Campuses: Impact and Implications for the LGBTQ+ Community #70

Title: Gay-Straight Alliances On University Campuses: Impact and Implications for the LGBTQ+ Community

Description: The current study looks to investigate the presence of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) on Canadian University campuses to compare how awareness of GSAs impact mental health in LGBTQ+ university students. The impact of GSAs in similar literature has contributed to higher rates of academic achievement, better mental health, increased support from peers and teachers, reduced LGBTQ+ discrimination, and reduced suicidality in LGBTQ+ youth (Russell et al., 2011; Davis et al., 2016; Baams & Russell, 2020; Fetner & Elafros, 2015; Saewyc et al., 2014; Poteat et al., 2013). However, literature that examines the impact of GSAs in universities is sparse, and even more limited in regard to their effect in Canadian universities. Understanding how GSAs contribute to the psychological profiles of LGBTQ+ university students will provide universities with a better understanding of how to assist these individuals. The purpose of this study is to investigate and expand the current body of literature regarding the positive influence of GSAs on the LGBTQ+ community, and to determine if their influence is pervasive in LGBTQ+ university students. Further, the study also seeks to examine anti-bullying and discrimination policies implemented by universities and at the participant’s previous high schools to better understand their impact.

Specifics: Study Population
Must be 19+, enrolled in a Canadian university, identify as LGBTQ+, and live in Canada.

Participant Obligation
Participation in this research entails electronically completing several questionnaires through the platform "SurveyMonkey", which will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

Location: Online - Nanaimo, B.C.

Project lead: Danielle Shinbine, Suprvisor: Melanie O'Neill

Study Dates: April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Study Website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UNI-GSA