In this course, Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji, reviews the definitions, attitudes, and issues which contribute to the high rates of suicide among LGBT youth of colour. She discusses recommendations and identifies resources that can help reduce the incidence of suicide among this vulnerable population.
About this course
In this course, Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji, Ph.D., Xavier University of Louisiana, helps you to understand how and why LGBT youth of colour are particularly vulnerable to suicide, having higher rates of it than their cisgender and/or white counterparts. First reviewing some of the basic definitions and the components of sexual identity, West-Olatunji explains the continuum of attitudes regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people – from repulsion to nurturance – and explains the chief issues as revealed by research. She notes the characteristics of continuous traumatic, or race-based, stress and briefly discusses historical and other models of treatment used, including culture-centred approaches (preferred). She identifies numerous recommendations and offers multiple resources for further study.