UBC Research Study on Mental Health in Male Immigrant Youth

Meredith on September 08, 2014

I recently learned about a great new study that is aiming to better understand the challenges faced by male immigrant youth (aged 15-19 years) and how these experiences affect their mental health. The research team is based at the University of British Columbia and is being co-led by a PhD student in the School of Nursing.

Through their research, the team is hoping to learn how to better support young men in their communities and ultimately, is looking to help foster and support resilience and mental health among diverse young men in Canada.  The research team will be interviewing young immigrant men to learn about their neighbourhoods, school, work, friends and family, and to learn about what was helpful to these youth during difficult times in their life.

I recently sat down with the PhD student co-leading this project to learn more. I was excited to hear that the project team is interested in involving 4-6 immigrant youth collaborators as part of the research team. This youth team would be involved throughout the project and would have the opportunity to provide feedback on the project from a youth perspective, and would be encouraged to come up with creative ways to share the findings of the project with other youth, such as through videos and other creative means. 

In addition to this youth team, the study is looking for young men (aged 15-19) who identify with an immigrant background and who have experienced difficult emotions (e.g., stress, sadness, anxiety, anger) to participate in either a face to face interview with the student researcher, and/or to participate in a group interview with other young men.

If you are a young immigrant man (15-19 years old) and are interested in participating, as either a study participant or as a potential project collaborator on the youth team, I encourage you to contact the research team at 778-862-2445 or email Carla.Hilario@nursing.ubc.ca.  Both youth collaborators and study participants will be compensated for their involvement. 


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