A Right to Disclose. LGBTQ Youth Representation in Data, Science, and Policy.

Shannon D. Snapp, Stephen T Russell, Mariella Arredondo, Russell Skiba

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Abstract

There has been growing attention to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in child and adolescent development, public discourse, and research. A strong tension is clear: The right for participation, and thus representation in data, science, and policy, is often understood as conflicting with the right for protection, that is, safety from disclosure of a marginalized orientation or identity. Both participation and protection rights are also closely tied to young people's rights to privacy (or lack thereof). We review recent scholarship on SOGI in developmental sciences in light of this tension. We focus on schooling as a salient developmental context for all youth, a place that is historically unsafe for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and a context where researchers have identified gaps of knowledge as well as strategies for improvement. Our review focuses on the politics and processes of SOGI inclusion in education data collection efforts in the United States, an area where SOGI data collection is scarce in comparison to other systems of care, such as health. We suggest that one solution to the dilemma would be that youth have the right to disclose their SOGI information to whom and when they choose. We offer strategies on how to hold these tensions in balance and move toward SOGI-inclusive research and data collection so that LGBTQ youth can be represented in data, science, and policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-159
Number of pages25
JournalAdvances in Child Development and Behavior
Volume50
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children's rights
  • Data collection
  • Disparities
  • Gender identity
  • LGBTQ youth
  • Participation
  • Privacy
  • Protection
  • Sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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