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Critique Essay Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Media: A Catalyst for Resilience in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth

By Shelley L. Craig, Lauren McInroy, Lance T. McCready, and Ramona Alaggia, 2015

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth have the potential for considerable resilience. Positive media repre- sentations may mediate negative experiences and foster self-esteem, yet the relationship between resilience and both traditional offline and new online media remains underaddressed for this popula- tion. This grounded-theory exploration of media-based resilience- building activities by LGBTQ youth (n = 19) indicated four themes that media use enabled: coping through escapism; feeling stronger; fighting back; and finding and fostering community. Data are em- bedded to evidence thematic findings and incorporate participant voices. The importance of considering the media within contempo- rary LGBTQ youth’s ecological framework to capture their resilience is considered.

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