Abstract

Young peoples’ acceptance and use of nontraditional, descriptive identity labels (e.g., pansexual, genderqueer) require nurses to consider moving beyond use of traditional terms (e.g., gay, transgender). This mixed methods study explores (a) labels used by sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) minority youth, (b) their expressed importance and meaning of these labels, and (c) differences in label usage. Sixty-six SOGI minority adolescents in British Columbia, Minnesota, and Massachusetts (mean age = 16.6) participated in “go-along” interviews; during interviews, 42 (63.6%) commented on labels. Chi-square and t tests were used to compare traditional versus nontraditional labels across participant demographic categories. Inductive thematic analysis was used to identify representative themes. Approximately, 1/3 of participants used nontraditional sexual orientation identity labels; this finding was associated with a trans identity and nontraditional gender labels. Using terminology that is meaningful and representative to the youth themselves has potential to facilitate representative research and welcoming environments in practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Sexual Behavior
Transgender Persons
Interviews
British Columbia
Chi-Square Distribution
Terminology
Nurses
Demography
Research
Sexual Minorities

Keywords

  • gender identity
  • identity development
  • identity labels
  • mixed methods
  • research
  • sexual orientation

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