2009. 26 p.
Sadowski, Michael
Chow, Stephen
Scanlon, Constance P.
Periodical title: 
Journal of LGBT Youth, 6:2-3
Drawing primarily on three case studies, this article proposes a framework that those concerned about the welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth can consider when developing, evaluating, or arguing for more effective programming: a relational assets approach. The relational assets approach merges the developmental assets framework outlined by adolescent development researchers and the voice-centered relational work of feminist psychologists. Meeting LGBTQ youths' needs through a relational assets approach means deliberately creating opportunities for them to form authentic, affirming relationships with peers and adults. Among the "relational assets" youth in the study identified as important to their well-being were family members with whom they could discuss LGBTQ issues openly; gay-straight alliances and community-based support groups; and LGBTQ school personnel who serve as role models and mentors.
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