University of Southern California Los Angeles United States
The goal of this proposal is to a determine the extent to which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT service members report feelings of acceptance and integration into the military and their units post-Dont Ask, Dont Tell DADT b describe the composition and structure of LGBT service members supportive social networks c determine if there are differences in behavioral health patterns among LGBT service members compared to their heterosexual counterparts and across military branch and d develop a set of actionable recommendations for the Department of Defense aimed at improving the integration of LGBT service members into the military and the current system of health care and support, if needed. This project has two phases. In Phase I we a convened an expert panel to advise the study and b interview a diverse set of military service members n42 using a semi-structured Life History Calendar approach to develop a set of culturally appropriate measures for use in Phase II. In Phase II, following completion of formative processes, we are recruiting a sample of LGBT n240 and heterosexualcisgender n240 service-members for participation in a quantitative survey using respondent driven sampling RDS. To date, 47 LGBT and 31 non-LGBT service members have completed the Phase II survey. we have convened our expert panel of advisors and have completed 38 interviews with LGBT military service members.