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Gray Chameleons on the Rise: Mental Illness in the LGBTQ+ CommunityWhat biological and environmental factors influence increased rates of suicide and depression in the LGBTIQ community?

Project by Polygence alum Caroline

Gray Chameleons on the Rise: Mental Illness in the LGBTQ+ CommunityWhat biological and environmental factors influence increased rates of suicide and depression in the LGBTIQ community?

Project's result

I wrote a research paper and am in the process of getting this information published in competitive journals. I also submitted my presentation to the Polygence Symposium of Rising Scholars in March of 2024.

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Summary

I am conducting a mixed methods research study to pinpoint sources of depression and anxiety in LGBTQ+ adolescence. Origins of struggle can be utilized to produce blueprints for newly tailored and specialized therapy resources for the prevention of identity crises and prejudice, build societal empathy through psychological clarity, and facilitate progress towards holistic health and wellness in LGBTQ+ teens.

This is a one part study. A have made a survey that will take around 20-30 minutes, asking a wide range of questions on the topics of political affiliation, family life, religion, social constructs, government, school systems, social media, and physical health in relation to one's LGBTQ+ identity and severity/correlation of mental illness.

Kiara

Kiara

Polygence mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy

Subjects

Psychology, Social Science

Expertise

mental health counseling, trauma and resiliency, race-related stress and racial trauma, gender-affirming mental health treatment, qualitative research skills,

Caroline

Caroline

Student

Graduation Year

2024

Project review

“At first I expected this program to be solely research on what had already been discovered. However, now I see that it was the ability to conduct research on a whole new level! At first, the IRB and many documents overwhelmed me, but overall it ended up being incredibly enlightening! It makes me want to do research again in college.”

About my mentor

“She is totally invested in her students as a whole, has a plethora of knowledge on how to become a psychologist, is very organized, structured, and encourages students through their work in a manner that goes above and beyond. I couldn't have asked for a better mentor. Her empathy and sharing of personal work was inspiring!”