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Imagine you just conducted a survey to youth participants (age 15–24) and ethical guidelines were followed. The hypothesis to be proved was that having a supportive adult in the life of a young LGBTQ+ person decreases their chances of suicide. Supposing the results support your research question ,discuss how the findings contribute to the knowledge of the problem being investigated. What are future research questions inspired by your study and possible practical applications for the field?

These findings contribute to the knowledge of the problem by providing data to back up the argument that young LGBTQ+ people benefit from a supportive adult in their life. Further research questions should ask how race and socioeconomic status relate to young LGBTQ+ people and the impact that a supportive adult has on their specific chance of suicide.

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As the results of the study support the hypothesis that having a supportive adult in the life of a young LGBTQ+ person decreases their chances of suicide, researchers have data to help counter instances of suicide among this segment of young people. Researchers can take this data and apply it to the real world. They can share the results with LGBTQ+ organizations who have resources to create programs that can put a young LGBTQ+ person without a supportive adult in their life in touch with a supportive adult.

Alternately, one might argue that more must be disclosed for researchers to take critical action. Considering the intricate dynamics of LGBTQ+ identity, it’s possible that the researchers’ hypothesis may play out differently when other aspects of identity are taken into consideration. If the initial study did not consider race or socioeconomic class, these are questions that should be explored in future studies. Perhaps there could be a study that researched the impact of a supportive adult among LGBTQ+ youth of color, LGBTQ+ youth without much money, LGBTQ+ youth from well-off families, and so on. To contribute to the knowledge of this problem, researchers have to provide targeted help to LGBTQ+ young people, which will be difficult to do without measuring how elements not directly related to gender and sexuality influence one’s gender and sexuality and their need for a supportive adult to help them manage any suicidal behaviors or thoughts.

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