School of Psychology Seminar Series - Understanding trends in mental health in LGBTQ+ adolescents

Date Friday 3 March 2023
Time 12pm - 1pm
Where S.1.02
Presenter Yekta Saidi
Contact Nicola Starkey
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

This presentation is being hosted by the Transgender Health Research Lab and Te Kura Whatu Oho Mauri School of Psychology.  Yekta Saidi is PhD student in Public Health Economics and Decision Science at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Recent studies have shown that mental health problems are rising for adolescents. Studies have also shown that LGBTQ+ adolescents have a greater risk of mental health problems, as well as reduced wellbeing, compared to non-LGBTQ+ adolescents. Yekta’s research is focussed on understanding how and why trends in mental health differ for LGBTQ+ adolescents and what could be done to reduce these disparities. This is being conducted through a systematic review of papers investigating trends in this area, as well as comparing two UK cohort studies of people born in 1990 and 2000. Yekta has used Bayesian networks to discover the most probable interrelationships between possible determinants and mental health variables. The session will cover:

* A summary of the trends found in recent studies

* An introduction to the 2000 cohort data, Millennium Cohort Study (MCS)

* An introduction to Bayesian networks

* Application of Bayesian networks to the MCS data and Limitations of the methodology