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Title: Sexual orientation and migration intentions among rural, exurban and urban adolescents in Iceland
Contributor(s): Thorsteinsson, Einar Baldvin  (author)orcid ; Bjarnason, Thoroddur (author); Loi, Natasha M  (author)orcid ; Arnarsson, Arsaell Mar (author)
Publication Date: 2022
Early Online Version: 2020-09-17
DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2020.1813333
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Abstract: Rural areas have often been assumed to be somewhat hostile territory for sexual minorities. As a result, moving to an urban area may be an integral part of “coming out” for those living in a rural area. However, surprisingly few quantitative studies have examined the level of rural-to-urban migration intent among sexual minorities. In this study, we examined the migration expectations of adolescents in Iceland, a country characterised by a heavy urban concentration and a scattered rural population, strong international ties and comparatively high levels of formal rights and public acceptance of sexual minorities. Based on a population sample of 2,858 students aged 15–16 years, we found no evidence of greater overall migration expectations among rural or exurban lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) youth than their urban counterparts. However, while urban LGBQ youth were more likely to move abroad, young people in other areas are more likely to move domestically. The results are discussed in the context of prior studies of sexual minorities in rural areas and migration expectations among rural youth.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Culture, Health and Sexuality, 24(1), p. 31-47
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1464-5351
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170105 Gender Psychology
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520401 Cognition
520502 Gender psychology
440506 Sexualities
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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