‘I actually know that things will get better’: The many pathways to resilience of LGBTQIA+ youth in out-of-home care

Rodrigo Victor Gonzalez Alvarez*, Mijntje ten Brummelaar, Samar Orwa, Monica Lopez Lopez

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Research on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and other forms of sexual identities and orientations (LGBTQIA+) youth in care has mainly examined their experiences from a risk-based approach, while few studies have explored their resilience experiences. Using in-depth interviews, the present study aims to illuminate the resilience experiences of 13 LGBTQIA+ young people in out-of-home care in the Netherlands. Four themes emerged from their narratives: relationships that support and empower; construction of a positive identity around their sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE); community involvement and self-relying strategies. Our findings support the view of resilience as a complex process that shows at an individual, interpersonal and social level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-248
Number of pages15
JournalChildren & Society
Issue number2
Early online date27-May-2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2022


  • child protection, identity, LGBTQIA+, out- of- home care, resilience, youth

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