Proposing an Initiative Research Methodology for LGBTQ+ Youth: Photo-Elicitation and Thematic Analysis

Jennifer A. Smith, Rafe Mccullough, Claire Critchlow, Melissa M Luke

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A framework for approaching lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+ (LGBTQ+) youth is presented that honors their voice. This methodology utilizes participant-driven photo elicitation as a qualitative data collection method, and then integrates thematic analysis. A brief review of current literature is provided to outline gaps, which establish the need to expand effective research methods with LGBTQ+ youth. Photo elicitation is explained with discussion specific to use with LGBTQ+ youth. Thematic analysis is identified and explained as an analytic approach. Challenges of implementing this methodology are discussed with attention to ethical concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-284
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2017



  • LGBTQ+ youth
  • methodology
  • photo-elicitation
  • thematic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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