Pilot Research Study Participants Needed:
Zine Making & Art Therapy Focus Group to Identify Current Issues/Needs of
LGBTQ Young Adults
My name is Shelly Miller and I am a local art therapy graduate student, completing my research thesis work in order to partially fulfill my Master of Arts in Art Therapy degree requirements for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
The purpose of this pilot study is to determine whether or not the integration of Zine making in a group facilitated by an art therapist is an effective way of identifying and documenting the most current issues and needs experienced by the young adult LGBTQ population & for sharing those issues and needs with the Programming Director of Rainbow Alliance NEPA to inform programming and support.
Zines are small, hand-made, self-published magazines usually centered on a certain topic or theme. They have long been used for self-expression and have included collage, drawings, poetry, photography, and other creative expressions. Participants will create personal Zines as part of the research study.
All participants’ names will be kept confidential and all artwork and other information gathered will be confidential and used for research purposes only. An informed consent form and a media release form will be provided to address this in more detail. No remuneration (compensation) will be given for participation in this study.
**Please note that no artistic talent or previous experience with making Zines is required to participate in this study**
"We don't have to worry about whether it's good or bad because the point of it is expression"
-Kat Tingle. Zine contributor (Greenfield Recorder 2010) - http://www.katiesachs.com/zine-making-workshop.html
You may qualify to participate if:
You self-identify as a member of the LGBTQ community
You are within 18-24 years old and have experienced some level of coming out to yourself and/or others
You are interested in sharing issues and needs relevant to your life in an art therapy focus group with other LBGTQ young adults
You are interested in evaluating the Zine making experience and whether it is effective or not
You are willing to commit to attending a Zine making art therapy focus group session from 11:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday, April 11, 2015. (There will be a break for lunch from 1:00pm – 2:00pm – you can bring your own or there are several options within walking distance)
For additional questions or to express interest in being a participant please send an email to:
This study has received approval by the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) and NEPA Rainbow Alliance.