How LGBT+ Young People Use the Internet in Relation to Their Mental Health and Envisage the Use of e-Therapy

Exploratory Study

About the Course:

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and other young people who are diverse in terms of their sexuality and gender (LGBT+) are at an elevated risk of mental health problems such as depression. Factors such as isolation and stigma mean that accessing mental health services can be particularly challenging for LGBT+ young people, and previous studies have highlighted that many prefer to access psychological support on the Web. Research from New Zealand has demonstrated promising effectiveness and acceptability for an LGBT+ focused, serious game–based, computerized cognitive behavioral therapy program. However, there has been limited research conducted in the area of electronic therapy (e-therapy) for LGBT+ people.

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Mathijs Lucassen, PhD

School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Rajvinder Samra, PhD

School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Ioanna Iacovides, PhD

Faculty of Sciences, University of York, York, United Kingdom

Recommended For:

Clinicians treating LGBT+ youth, and working with family members of LGBT+ youth. This course is appropriate to all knowledge levels.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the mental health issues in the LGBT+ youth community .

  2. Indentify the barriers to treatment for LBGT+ youth.

  3. Recognize web and mobile based therapies and games as a viable alternative to traditional therapies.

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Course Number: 102397
Credit Hours: 1.5cr
Exam Fee: $10.46
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