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Gender and sexual orientation are risk factors with female, transgender, and non-heterosexual youth experiencing greater effects of marginalization than male or heterosexual youth (Jiwani, 1998; Caragata, 2003; D’augelli, Grossman & Starks, 2008; Lehmiller, 2012).Ethno-cultural identification and socioeconomic status (SES) are often inter-related risks for mental health problems and threats to well-being (Simich, Matier, Moorlag & Ochocka, 2009; Steele, Glazier & Lin, 2006).
Subsequently, both groups of clients were invited by counsellors at the end of their contacts to participate in the post-counselling portion of the questionnaire.
Clients under 12 and those in crisis or with a plan for immediate safety at the end of their counselling sessions were not invited to participate.
Self-selection combined with the anonymity of the service did not allow for calculation of true representativeness of the sample; however, when compared to available KHP service data, the sample was representative in terms of clients’ age, province/territory, gender, and community size.
Il y avait une proportion plus importante de problèmes graves (santé mentale et suicide) chez les adeptes du clavardage que chez ceux du téléphone.
Il y avait également plus de jeunes non hétérosexuels et de jeunes s’identifiant comme étant asiatiques ou noirs africains ou caribéens qui utilisaient le clavardage plutôt que le téléphone.