Youth: We need your input!


If you are a teen, know a teen, or are a parent or a teacher of youth, please encourage all to participate in the following survey. The knowledge gathered in this survey can make our schools a better, safer place. They have reached out to our local PFLAG of Tulare/Kings Counties in hopes of reaching as many area youth as possible. Please pass this information to anyone you know who could further its success, thank you.

The University of Montana
Clinical Psychology Center
1444 Mansfield Ave.
Missoula, MT 59812

PFLAG Tulare & Kings Counties
4125 W Noble Ave. #164
Visalia, CA 93277

Hello PFLAG Tulare-Kings Counties!
My name is Nicholas Heck, M.A. and I am a graduate student at The University of Montana working under the mentorship of Dr. Bryan Cochran. I’m recruiting participants to complete an anonymous, online survey. The research project is intended to identify factors that may offset risks related to experiencing victimization at school and developing mental health and substance use problems. The findings of this study could help to improve the educational environment and mental health of adolescents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQQ).

I would appreciate it if you could help me recruit participants for this study, which has been approved by The University of Montana’s Institutional Review Board. … Please consider distributing this information at your next PFLAG meeting and posting information about the study online. We hope to have one of the largest samples of LGBTQQ high school students ever collected!

Youth who are interested can go to the following website to learn more about the study, including the purpose of the study, the benefits and risks, and the incentives for participation. The survey is completely anonymous and participation is completely voluntary.
In addition, if you have any questions about the study, please do not hesitate to contact me. My e-mail address is [email protected]. I truly appreciate your help as I recruit participants for this study.

Thank you for your time,
Nicholas Heck, M.A.
Doctoral Candidate
The University of Montana


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