Creating an online health directory for adolescent men who have sex with men: development strategies and resource verification
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J Psychol. October 29, 2021. doi: 10.1002 / jcop.22738. Online ahead of print.
Online health directories are increasingly used to locate health services and community resources, providing contact and service information that helps users identify resources that may meet their health needs and of well-being. However, the places of service require additional verification when the directories plan to refer vulnerable populations. As a tool included in a trial of a mobile life skills intervention for cisgender adolescents who have sex with men (AMSM; 13-18 years old), we have built and verified resources for an online resource directory focused on connecting youth with LGBTQ +. friendly and rewarding local community health and social services resources. We collected information for 2,301 individual directory listings through database searches and the Internet. To ensure the lists match the project’s goal of supporting young men from sexual minorities, we developed several data verification assessments to ensure community relevance, which verified 1,833 resources that could be included in our localization tool when the project was launched (March 2018). We offer lessons learned and future directions for researchers and practitioners who could benefit from adapting our processes and strategies to create culturally appropriate resource repositories for vulnerable populations.