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Implementing Youth Worker Networks to Achieve Social Impact in the Eradication of LGBTQIA-Phobia

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    Identifier: imarina:9335161
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    De Witte, K
    Garcia-Yeste, C
    Gallardo-Nieto, E
    Canal-Barbany, JM
    Sexuality Research And Social Policy
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-023-00926-9
    Sexuality Research And Social Policy.
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    Author, as appears in the article.: De Witte, K; Garcia-Yeste, C; Gallardo-Nieto, E; Canal-Barbany, JM
    Department: Pedagogia
    URV's Author/s: Gallardo Nieto, Elena María / García Yeste, Carme
    Keywords: Youth worker Violence Students Social impact Sexual orientation Risk Network Lgbtqia plus Health Discrimination
    Abstract: IntroductionThe problem of LGBQIA-phobia has been extendedly reported as a problem that threatens the quality of life and well-being, particularly for trans and intersex individuals. Scientific evidence points at the high presence of this form of violence and discrimination during adolescence and youth, negatively affecting the prospects of the victims. At the same time, there is a lack of evidence on the role and potential impact of Youth Worker Networks involved in analysing gender-based violence and finding strategies to improve the situation of LGBTQIA+ youth.MethodsThis study has focussed on the reality of a network of youth workers through a mixed method approach belonging to a transnational project funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program (REC) of the European Commission. The implementation of 160 questionnaires and 5 semi-structured interviews in 2022 with the training participants provides evidence on the social impact that networking and evidence-based training may have in tackling LGBTQIA-phobia in youth environments.ResultsThe findings of the current study show how the implementation of Youth Worker Networks can provide relevant results to achieve more respectful youth spaces toward diversity. The presence of traditional dominant masculinities together with the lack of quality training seem to be an important barrier for youth workers to fight against gender and sexual discrimination. In contrast, the professionals' motivation and the group potential and support of the network appear to be a significant strength in overcoming forms of violence and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression in youth contexts.ConclusionsThe results indicate that the role of youth workers, the quality of the training and environments are crucial in the work to identifying, preventing, and acting against any form of violence on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.Policy ImplicationsOur findings point to the significant power of networks to overcome violence and discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community. Our recommendation for achieving social impact is to provide evidence-based data and empower participants to become active upstanders against any form of violence or discrimination.
    Thematic Areas: Sociology and political science Sociologia i política Sociología Social sciences, interdisciplinary Saúde coletiva Psicología Interdisciplinar Health (social science) General o multidisciplinar Gender studies Ensino Ciencias sociales Antropologia / arqueologia
    licence for use: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/es/
    Author's mail: elenamaria.gallardo@urv.cat carme.garciay@urv.cat elenamaria.gallardo@urv.cat
    Author identifier: 0000-0001-9717-8021
    Record's date: 2024-02-18
    Papper version: info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
    Link to the original source: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13178-023-00926-9
    Papper original source: Sexuality Research And Social Policy.
    APA: De Witte, K; Garcia-Yeste, C; Gallardo-Nieto, E; Canal-Barbany, JM (2024). Implementing Youth Worker Networks to Achieve Social Impact in the Eradication of LGBTQIA-Phobia. Sexuality Research And Social Policy, (), -. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-023-00926-9
    Licence document URL: https://repositori.urv.cat/ca/proteccio-de-dades/
    Article's DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-023-00926-9
    Entity: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
    Journal publication year: 2024
    Publication Type: Journal Publications
  • Keywords:

    Gender Studies,Health (Social Science),Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary,Sociology and Political Science
    Youth worker
    Violence
    Students
    Social impact
    Sexual orientation
    Risk
    Network
    Lgbtqia plus
    Health
    Discrimination
    Sociology and political science
    Sociologia i política
    Sociología
    Social sciences, interdisciplinary
    Saúde coletiva
    Psicología
    Interdisciplinar
    Health (social science)
    General o multidisciplinar
    Gender studies
    Ensino
    Ciencias sociales
    Antropologia / arqueologia
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