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Victimization and Resilience Among Sexual and Gender Minority Homeless Youth Engaging in Survival Sex

Alessi, E.J., Greenfield, B., Manning, D., Dank, M.
Type new
Journal Article
Year published new
Journal Name

Journal of Interpersonal Violence


This journal article explores how a diverse group of sexual and gender minority (SGM) homeless youth described and understood their victimization experiences occurring before they were homeless and those occurring after they were homeless and engaging in survival sex; and how these youths manifested resilience when living on the street. The sample consisted of 283 racially/ethnically diverse youth between the ages of 15 and 26 years (M = 19.6, SD = 1.28) living in a large U.S. city. Participants identified their gender as male (47%), female (36%), transgender (15%), or queer and other (3%) and their sexual orientation as bisexual (37%), gay (23%), lesbian (15%), heterosexual (13%), or queer and other (13%). (author abstract modified)

Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue