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Amsterdam Initiates Homelessness Study LGBTI Youth

by our Editors in General , 16 juni 2017


On behalf of the municipality of Amsterdam and the Bestuurlijk Overleg Zwerfjongeren, The Netherlands centre for social development Movisie will map the problems of homeless Dutch LGBTI youth. Unique to this research is the fact that some of the researchers were previously homeless themselves.

Research shows that LHBTI youth suffer from drug abuse and psychological problems more often than youth in the general population. It is a well-known fact that such problems contribute to homelessness. Support from their own social networks (family, friends) can help in getting their lives on the right track again, but for homeless LGBTI youth, this social network is usually limited. The purpose is to investigate what is needed to properly support LHBTI youths, and prevent homelessness in this group.

The former homeless researchers are employed as co-researchers, as they are familiar with the world and experiences of homeless LHBTI youth. This enhances the quality of the research, and the young researchers get work experience as well as a certificate.

Simone KukenheimSimone Kukenheim, councillor of Education, Youth and Diversity at the City of Amsterdam: “Being homeless is something you do not want to happen to anyone. With this research, we hope to get answers to the question how LHBTI youths can best be supported by social workers in order for these youths to get their lives back on track.”

These research questions, including but not limited to, are : Do professionals pay enough attention to these problems of LGBTI youths? Do homeless youths have specific experiences, problems, and needs that have to do with their being LGBTI? Is specific support for this target group advisable and desirable, and what should it look like?

The results of this research are expected in the summer of 2018 and will be implemented in the youth policy and LGBTI agenda (Roze Agenda) of the City of Amsterdam.
 



 







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