Project Q2 is a longitudinal study of LGBT adolescents and young adults aged 16-20 at baseline. This research examines individual and sociocultural predictors of mental health, substance use, HIV risk, and resilience. Our team has completed eight waves of data collection over 5 years, making Project Q2 the longest follow-up study of LGBT youth ever conducted.
Research on LGBT youth (particularly women and transgender people) has been extremely limited and we still know very little about the unique risks and protective factors for these young adults. The purpose of Project Q2 is to more rigorously estimate rates of risk behaviors and to identify their predictors over time. These predictors can then serve as targets in future prevention studies. Our research will help to guide the development of future prevention and treatment programs targeted at LGBT youth.
Funders for Project Q and Project Q2 have included: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, The David Bonnett Foundation and UIC LGBT Seed Fund, William T. Grant Foundation, and the National Institute of Mental Health.
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