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Exploring the Strengths and Resiliencies of Lesbian and Bisexual Females Who Experienced Dating Violence in a Same-Gender Relationship During Adolescence
Rachel K. Henesy, Jacqueline M. Swank , Cirecie West - Olatunji, and Edil Torres-Rivera
This phenomenological study was conducted to explore the strength and resiliency factors that helped lesbian and bisexual females to overcome experiences of adolescent dating violence with a same-sex/same-gender partner. Individual interviews were held in which participants were asked open-ended questions related to their past experiences. Six themes emerged from the data; five were related to strengths and resiliency factors and the sixth theme was related to challenges to accessing resources. The themes found were a) goals, b) support/trust, c) validation/relating to others, d) self as priority/boundaries, e)
values, and f) lack of cultural competence/marginalization.
Keywords: LGBT, strength, strength-based, resiliency, cultural competence, adolescent,