A Mixed-Method Assessment of a Pilot Peer Advocate Intervention for Rural Gender and Sexual Minorities.

Abstract:

:Mental health disparities affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in rural America. There are few empirically-based mental health interventions for this population. This exploratory study uses a mixed-method approach to assess implementation issues related to the feasibility, acceptability, appropriateness, and preliminary impacts of a novel peer-based intervention designed to enhance support and treatment engagement among rural LGBTQ people with mental distress and/or addiction issues. Quantitative and qualitative results illuminate intervention strengths and areas for improvement. Strengths centered on enhancing social support, advocacy behaviors, and engagement in treatment. Implementation challenges and recommendations to advance the intervention model are discussed.

authors

Willging CE,Harkness A,Israel T,Ley D,Hokanson PS,DeMaria C,Joplin A,Smiley V

doi

10.1007/s10597-017-0168-x

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2018-05-01 00:00:00

pages

395-409

issue

4

eissn

0010-3853

issn

1573-2789

pii

10.1007/s10597-017-0168-x

journal_volume

54

pub_type

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