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Title:"A Library is a Place You Can Lose Your Innocence Without Losing Your Virginity": LGBTQAI+ Young Adults, Young Adult Literature, & Sexuality Health Information Needs
Author(s):Escobar, Kristie
Young adults
Sexuality health
Abstract:Although sexual education programs are staples in the middle and high school curricula, many of these courses are abstinence-based which do not serve the needs of the teen demographic, let alone those who are LGBTQAI+. LGBTQAI+-focused literature can help fill the gaps in sexuality/sexual health information not addressed in public school curricula. Content analysis, both quantitative and qualitative divulges sexuality and sexual health issues examined in LGBTQAI+ marketed young adult literature. Individual interviews of LGTQAI+ young adults add insight into whether the positive and negative aspects of the young adult literature, discovered through content analysis, affect them in their enjoyment of or willingness to read the book, whether the issues in the book are authentic and pertinent to their everyday life, and if the books fulfill an information need they have about sexuality or sexual health. The mixed methods complement each other as the content analysis explores what is contained in the texts while the interviews with LGBTQAI+ teens will determine the significance of those findings.
Issue Date:2020-10-13
Series/Report:Information Needs
Information Seeking
Specific Populations
Young Adult Services
Collections Development
Genre:Conference Poster
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-10-09

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