Factors associated with straight allies' current engagement levels within Gay-Straight Alliances

Jillian R. Scheer, V. Paul Poteat

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Abstract

Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) can foster action-oriented engagement among straight youth allies. The objective of the current exploratory study was to identify factors related to straight youth allies' greater engagement in GSAs. Participants included 156 straight members of 48 high school GSAs (78.2% female, Mage=15.71) who attended regional GSA conferences in 2013. The survey asked youth to report their engagement in their GSA based on multiple items, and it measured factors external to the GSA and GSA-specific experiences that could be related to GSA engagement. In an overall model with all factors as independent variables and engagement as the dependent variable, initial positive feelings after the first few GSA meetings and having more current LGBT friends emerged as the clearest contributors. This study broadens our understanding of how factors external to the GSA and GSA-specific experiences relate to straight youths' role in promoting social change through their GSA engagement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-119
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Developmental Psychology
Volume43
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ally
  • Discrimination
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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