Title

It's Not Burnout, It's More: Queer College Activists of Color and Mental Health

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

10-1-2011

Abstract

A phenomenological study of the experiences of self-identified queer activists of color revealed how they coped with the competing demands of academics, family, and activism. While participants exhibited innumerable strengths, they often contended with external and internal pressures, limited social support, poor boundaries, and lack of self-care. The absence of social support, in conjunction with poor self-care, a heightened sense of responsibility for others, and multiple minority identity explorations, left college student activists experiencing burnout, compassion fatigue, and in some cases suicidal ideation. © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Title

Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health

Volume

15

Issue

4

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