Native American LGBTQ and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth experience high rates of violence, including bias-based victimization, dating and sexual violence victimization and perpetration, and self-directed violence, which leads to numerous potentially harmful outcomes, such as mental heal problems, substance abuse). While there is a critical need to identify effective solutions to prevent violence against and among Native American LGBTQ2S youth, there is a lack of understanding of culturally grounded prevention methods.
Researchers aim to develop and evaluate a comprehensive, community-wide, culturally grounded initiative to prevent violence and reduce health disparities among Native American LGBTQ2S youth.
Researchers will collaborate with community partners to recruit participants — 20 Native American LGBTQ2S youth (ages 14-17) and 20 adults (age 18 and older) with connections to LGBTQ2S youth, all living on a South Dakota reservation.
Pilot data will be collected from participants to demonstrate feasibility and acceptability of a comprehensive, community-wide, culturally grounded initiative to prevent violence and other health disparities against and among Native American LGBTQ2S youth. Data will be collected through art-based activities with LGBTQ2S Native American youth, and via talking circles with the youth and adults.