“To get the word out”: LGBTQ+ Young adults’ motivations for participating in qualitative research studies

Rachel M. Schmitz, Kimberly A. Tyler, Brandon Andrew Robinson

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Understanding why socially marginalized individuals, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ+) people, participate in research can improve qualitative research designs, as well as social services and policies. In providing a participant-centered foundation, we interviewed 65 LGBTQ+ young adults and asked “Why are certain LGBTQ+ young adults motivated to engage in qualitative social science studies?” Many LGBTQ+ young people said they were committed to enacting social change and promoting advocacy. Participants also highlighted supporting scientific research and knowledge production. Finally, LGBTQ + participants engaged with research to introspectively analyze their identity development processes. These findings can facilitate access to socially vulnerable and underrepresented groups through a methodological focus on participant benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-265
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2019



  • LGBTQ+ young adults
  • interviews
  • participant motivations
  • qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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