Digital intervention in improving the outcomes of mental health among LGBTQ+ youth: A systematic review

Yanni LIU, Ying Cheng WU, Hongpeng FU, Wu Yuan GUO, Xukang WANG

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Abstract

LGBTQ+ youth experience mental health disparities and higher rates of mental disorders due to barriers to accessing care, including insufficient services and the anticipated stigma of revealing their identities. This systematic review incorporated 15 empirical studies on digital interventions’ impact on LGBTQ+ youth mental health, examining their potential to address these inequities. This study innovatively categorized existing digital interventions into four streams: Structured Formal (telehealth, online programs), Structured Informal (serious games), Unstructured Formal (mobile applications), and Unstructured Informal (social media). We found that S&F and U&F effectively reduced symptoms. U&F showed potential but required enhancement, while U&I fostered resilience but posed risks. Further integration of emerging technologies like virtual reality may strengthen these interventions. This review identifies the characteristics of effective digital health interventions and evaluates the overall potential of digital technologies in improving LGBTQ+ youth mental health, uniquely contributing insights on digital solutions advancing LGBTQ+ youth mental healthcare. Copyright © 2023 Liu, Wu, Fu, Guo and Wang.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1242928
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume14
Early online dateSept 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

Citation

Liu, Y., Wu, Y. C., Fu, H., Guo, W. Y., & Wang, X. (2023). Digital intervention in improving the outcomes of mental health among LGBTQ+ youth: A systematic review. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, Article 1242928. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1242928

Keywords

  • Digital intervention
  • LGBTQ+
  • Youth
  • Mental health
  • Systematic review

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