Caroline Lenette is a Senior Lecturer in Social Research and Policy, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Senior Research Associate of the Australian Human Rights Institute. She is affiliated with the Forced Migration Research Network (FMRN@UNSW) and Sydney Health Ethics (University of Sydney).

Caroline is interested in the links between arts-based research and policymaking, and how storytelling through creative means can influence decision-makers towards meaningful change. She also explores how ethics in research practice is conceptualised in participatory research. Caroline undertakes social-justice focussed research in collaboration with community-based organisations on different aspects of forced migration. She is the author of Arts-based methods in refugee research: Creating sanctuary (2019, Springer).

Her current projects include: a participatory video collaboration with young people from refugee backgrounds who attend university in Sydney to share their perspectives on what the higher education system could do better to support refugee students (Australian National Commission for UNESCO); a visual ethnographic project on how meanings attached to ‘home’ take shape across settings and over time, with a comparison among the Australian, Canadian and UK contexts (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development grant); and an exploration of the experiences of Syrian and Iraqi refugee children and young people with disabilities who have recently arrived in Sydney via arts-based methods (South West Sydney Research Small Grant Scheme).

Caroline was awarded a University Medal (Bachelor of Human Services) from Griffith University in 2003 and was the valedictorian. She was also shortlisted for the FASS Dean’s Research Award for Achievement as ECR (2016). 

Recent research grants

  1. Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage 2014: Developing Best Practice for Settlement Services for Refugee Women-at-Risk (QUT, $225,000).

  2. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) grant: Women and girls and the Global Compact on Refugees (UNSW, $788,500).

  3. Australian National Commission for UNESCO grant 2018: Changing lives one degree at a time: Refugee students' digital narratives of higher education experiences ($12,000).

  4. Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development Scheme (Ryerson CAD74,000): Finding Home: Housing, Migration & Research-Creation

  5. South West Sydney Health Small Grant Scheme (STARTTS $20,000): Disability in South Western Sydney: Experiences of the Iraqi and Syrian refugee communities.

  6. UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme Cross-Faculty collaboration (del Favero): 3D Virtual prototyping system ($120,000).

  7. UNSW Collaborative Research Scheme Grant 2015 ($8,000) & 2016 ($3,000).

  8. UNSW School of Social Sciences Project/Conference) 2015-16 ($12,700); 2017 ($23,500).

  9. Queensland Centre for Social Science Innovation (QCSSI) Grant 2013: Best Practice in Settlement Services for Refugee Women-at-Risk (QUT, $22,000). 

Fellowships

  1. 2017 European Union – Durham University Co-fund International Senior Research Fellowship in Research and EnterpriseCentre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University, UK.
  2. 2014 Endeavour Executive Fellowship ($19,500) – Visiting Scholar: Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada.

Current teaching

  • SRAP5102 Theory, Ethics and Social Impact
  • SRAP1001 Social Research and Society

Affiliation: Forced Migration Research Network (FMRN), UNSW; Kaldor Centre Emerging Scholars Network, UNSW; Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW.

University of Sydney: Sydney Health Ethics (2019).

Subject areas

Publications

Books
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Lenette C, 2019, Arts-based methods in refugee research: Creating sanctuary, Springer
2019
2019, Arts-based methods in refugee research: Creating sanctuary, Springer
2019
Book Chapters
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2019, 'Systemic policy barriers to meaningful participation of students from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds in Australian higher education: Neoliberal settlement and language policies and (deliberate?) challenges for meaningful participation', in McBrien J (ed.), , Sense, pp. 88 - 109
2019
2019, 'Systemic policy barriers to meaningful participation of students from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds in Australian higher education: Neoliberal settlement and language policies and (deliberate?) challenges for meaningful participation', in McBrien J (ed.), , pp. 88 - 109
2019
Lenette C; Baker S; Hirsch A, 2019, 'Systemic policy barriers to meaningful participation of students from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds in Australian higher education: Neoliberal settlement and language policies and (deliberate', in McBrien J (ed.), Educational Policies and Practices of English-Speaking Refugee Resettlement Countries, pp. 88 - 109
2019
Lenette CD, 2019, 'Mental health and critical multicultural practice: An arts-based approach', in Nipperess S; Williams C (ed.), Critical Multicultural Practice: New perspectives in Australian social work
2019
Lenette C; Procopis B; Caballero P, 2018, ''They’d just flown away’: reflections on shifting gender norms in the context of engagement with asylum seekers and refugees through community music.', in Shevellar L; Westoby P (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Community Development Research, Routledge, pp. 41 - 54,
2018
Sunderland N; Istvandity L; Lakhani A; Lenette CD, 2017, 'Community Music Research and Evaluation Through a Social Determinants Lens', in Sunderland N; Bendrups D; Bartleet B-L; Lewandowski N (ed.), Music, health and wellbeing: Exploring music for health equity and social justice, Springer, pp. 121 - 137,
2017
Lenette CD, 2017, 'Visual depictions of refugee camps: (de)constructing notions of refugee-ness?', in Liamputtong P (ed.), Doing Cross-Cultural Research in Health Social Sciences, Springer, Singapore,
2017
Conference Presentations
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Lenette CD; Schweitzer R; Brough M; Murray K; Correa-Velez I, 2016, 'Digital narratives: A transformative storytelling process for refugee women in Australia', presented at Contemporary Ethnography Across Disciplines, South Africa, 16 November 2016 - 18 November 2016
2016
Botfield J; Newman CE; Lenette C; Albury K; Zwi A, 2016, 'Using digital storytelling to promote healthy relationships and sexual health among young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Australia: A scoping review', presented at Youth, Health and Practical Justice: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Sydney, 04 December 2016 - 05 December 2016
2016
Sunderland N; Isvandity L; Lakhani A; Lenette CD, 2015, 'They [do more than] Interrupt us from Sadness: Exploring the impact of participatory music making on social determinants of health and wellbeing for refugees in Australia', presented at Conference in Ethnomusicology and Anthropology of Music, Spain, 01 July 2015 - 03 July 2015
2015
Lenette CD; Ingamells A, 2012, 'Migrant and refugee pathways to employment: a university initiative', presented at AASWWE Symposium, Celebrating Diversity: navigating the challenges of inclusivity, 27 September 2012 - 28 September 2012
2012
Lenette CD, 2012, 'The everyday resilience of refugee women', presented at Australian Anthropological Society conference, 25 September 2012 - 28 September 2012
2012
Lenette CD, 2011, 'Narratives of widowhood among refugee women.', presented at Social Participation: Knowledge, Policy and Practice, 28 November 2011 - 29 November 2011
2011
Creative Written Works
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Lenette C, 2012, The dishes can wait: a young mother’s reflection post-PhD, Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, Healy K, (ed.)
2012
Lenette CD, 2012, From this time forward I pledge., Griffith Review 36: What Is Australia For? Some provocations.
2012
Journal articles
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Vromans L; Schweitzer RD; Brough M; Correa-Velez I; Murray K; Lenette C, 2019, 'Psychometric Properties of the Multidimensional Loss Scale with Refugee Women-at-Risk Recently Arrived in Australia.', J Immigr Minor Health, vol. 21, pp. 271 - 277,
2019
2019, 'Mothers & Daughters: Redefining cultural continuity through South Sudanese women’s artistic practices', Journal of Intercultural Studies
2019
2019, 'Students from Refugee and Asylum Seeker Backgrounds and Meaningful Participation in Higher Education: From Peripheral to Fundamental Concern', Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, vol. 21, pp. 4 - 19,
2019
2019, 'Brushed under the carpet: Examining the complexities of participatory research (PR)', Research for All, pp. 161 - 179
2019
Blomfield I; Lenette C, 2019, 'Anonymity and representation: Everyday practices of ethical documentary filmmaking', Alphaville : Journal of Film and Screen Media
2019
2019, 'Persistent psychological distress in resettled refugee women-at-risk at one-year follow-up: Contributions of trauma, post-migration problems, loss, and trust.', Transcultural Psychiatry
2019
2019, 'Anonymity and representation: Everyday practices of ethical documentary filmmaking', Alphaville : Journal of Film and Screen Media
2019
2019, 'Lessons of Survival: Exploring the Social Networks and Coping Mechanisms of Chin Refugee Women in Delhi', Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies,
2019
Lenette C; Banks S; Nunn C; Coddington K; Cook T; Kong ST; Stavropoulou N, 2019, 'Brushed under the carpet: Examining the complexities of participatory research (PR)', Research for All, pp. 161 - 179
2019
Lenette C; Maror A; Manwaring S, 2019, 'Mothers & Daughters: Redefining cultural continuity through South Sudanese women’s artistic practices', Journal of Intercultural Studies
2019
2019, 'Ethical considerations of using walking interviews to engage migrant and refugee young people in health service research', SAGE Research Methods Cases.,
2019
Jops P; Lenette C; Breckenridge J, 2019, 'Lessons of Survival: Exploring the Social Networks and Coping Mechanisms of Chin Refugee Women in Delhi', Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies,
2019
Botfield J; Zwi A; Lenette C; Newman C, 2019, 'Ethical considerations of using walking interviews to engage migrant and refugee young people in health service research', SAGE Research Methods Cases.,
2019
Baker S; Ramsay G; Lenette C, 2019, 'Students from Refugee and Asylum Seeker Backgrounds and Meaningful Participation in Higher Education: From Peripheral to Fundamental Concern', Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, vol. 21, pp. 4 - 19,
2019
Lenette CD, 2018, 'Political cartoons and host nations’ public dispositions towards integration', Peace and Conflict: journal of peace psychology
2018
2018, '“Some viewers may find the following images disturbing”: visual representations of refugee deaths at border crossings.', Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal, vol. 14, pp. 111 - 120,
2018
Lenette CD; Miskovic N, 2018, '“Some viewers may find the following images disturbing”: visual representations of refugee deaths at border crossings.', Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal,
2018
Yeung J; Lenette C, 2018, 'Stranded at sea: Photographic representations of the Rohingya in the 2015 bay of Bengal crisis', Qualitative Report, vol. 23, pp. 1301 - 1313,
2018
Schweitzer RD; Vromans L; Brough M; Asic-Kobe M; Correa-Velez I; Murray K; Lenette C, 2018, 'Recently resettled refugee women-at-risk in Australia evidence high levels of psychiatric symptoms: Individual, trauma and post-migration factors predict outcomes', BMC Medicine, vol. 16,
2018
Blomfield I; Lenette C, 2018, 'Artistic representations of refugees: What is the role of the artist?', Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 39,
2018
Hall S; Lenette C; Murray S; Chan C; Flannery A; Vickery K, 2018, '#LetThemStay: Visual representations of protests and community mobilization for asylum seekers in Australia', Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, vol. 7, pp. 38 - 55,
2018
Lenette C; Botfield J; Boydell K; Haire B; Newman C; Zwi A, 2018, 'Beyond compliance checking: A situated approach to visual research ethics', Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, vol. 15,
2018
2018, 'Stranded at sea: Photographic representations of the Rohingya in the 2015 bay of Bengal crisis', Qualitative Report, vol. 23, pp. 1301 - 1313
2018
Vromans L; Schweitzer RD; Farrell L; Correa-Velez I; Brough M; Murray K; Lenette C, 2018, '"Her Cry is My Cry": Resettlement Experiences of Refugee Women-at-Risk Recently Resettled in Australia', Public Health, vol. 158, pp. 149 - 155,
2018
Lenette CD; Brough M; Schweitzer R; Correa-Velez I; Murray K; Vromans L, 2018, ''Better than a pill': Digital story telling as a narrative process for refugee women', Media Practice and Education,
2018
Blomfield I; Lenette C, 2018, 'Artistic representations of refugees: What is the role of the artist?', Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol. 39, pp. 322 - 338,
2018
2018, 'Political cartoons and host nations' public dispositions toward integration', Peace and Conflict, vol. 24, pp. 343 - 346,
2018
Lenette C; Karan P; Chrysostomou D; Athanasopoulos A, 2017, 'What is it like living in detention? Insights from asylum seeker children’s drawings', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 23, pp. 42 - 60,
2017
Curry O; smedley C; Lenette CD, 2017, 'What is ‘successful’ resettlement? Refugee narratives from regional New South Wales in Australia', Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies,
2017
Lenette C, 2017, 'Access to Higher Education: Understanding Global Inequalities', Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 37, pp. 224 - 226,
2017
Vromans L; Schweitzer R; Brough M; Correa-Velez I; Murray K; Lenette CD, 2017, 'Contributions of Loss Events to Loss Distress and Trauma Symptoms in Recently Resettled Refugee Women-at-Risk', Journal of Loss and Trauma, vol. 22, pp. 357 - 370,
2017
Wright C; Lenette C; Lewis-Driver S; Larmar S, 2017, 'The revised ‘Common Time’ program as a strategy for student engagement and retention at university.', Student Success Journal, vol. 8, pp. 79 - 86,
2017
Lenette CD; Karan P; Chrysostomou D; Athanasopoulos A, 2017, 'What is it like living in detention? Insights from asylum seeker children’s drawings', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 23,
2017
de Jager A; Fogarty A; Tewson A; Lenette CD; Boydell K, 2017, 'Digital Storytelling in Research: A Systematic Review', The Qualitative Report
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Cooper S; Olejniczak E; Lenette C; Smedley C, 2017, 'Media coverage of refugees and asylum seekers in regional Australia: A critical discourse analysis', Media International Australia, vol. 162, pp. 78 - 89,
2017
de Jager A; Fogarty A; Tewson A; Lenette C; Boydell KM, 2017, 'Digital Storytelling in Research: A Systematic Review', The Qualitative Report, vol. 22, pp. 2548 - 2582
2017
2017, 'Contributions of Loss Events to Loss Distress and Trauma Symptoms in Recently Resettled Refugee Women-at-Risk', Journal of Loss and Trauma, vol. 22, pp. 357 - 370,
2017
Curry O; Smedley C; Lenette C, 2017, 'What is ‘successful’ resettlement? Refugee narratives from regional New South Wales in Australia', Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, vol. 16, pp. 430 - 448,
2017
Weston D; Lenette CD, 2016, 'Performing freedom: Accidental communities and cultural spaces in detention', International Journal of Community Music
2016
Jops P; Lenette C; Breckenridge J, 2016, 'A context of risk: Uncovering the lived experiences of Chin refugee women who are negotiating a livelihood in Delhi, India.', Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, vol. 32, pp. 84 - 94
2016
Jops P; Breckenridge J; Lenette CD, 2016, 'A context of risk: Uncovering the lived experiences of Chin refugee women who are negotiating a livelihood in Delhi, India.', Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, vol. 32, pp. 84 - 94,
2016
Sunderland N; Graham P; Lenette CA R O L I N, 2016, 'Epistemic communities: Extending the social justice outcomes of community music for asylum seekers and refugees in Australia', International Journal of Community Music
2016
Laney HM; Lenette C; Kellett AN; Smedley C; Karan P, 2016, '‘The most brutal immigration regime in the developed world’: International media responses to Australia’s asylum seeker policy.', Refuge: Canada’s journal on refugees, vol. 32, pp. 135 - 149
2016
Lenette C, 2016, 'University students from refugee backgrounds: Why should we care?', Higher Education Research & Development, vol. 35, pp. 1311 - 1315,
2016
Weston D; Lenette C, 2016, 'Performing freedom: The role of music-making in creating a community in asylum seeker detention centres', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY MUSIC, vol. 9, pp. 121 - 134,
2016
Cooper S; Olejniczak E; Lenette CD; Smedley C, 2016, 'Media coverage of refugees and asylum seekers in regional Australian press: A critical discourse analysis.', Media International Australia, pp. 1 - 12
2016
Lenette CD; Cleland S, 2016, 'Changing faces: Visual representations of asylum seekers in times of crisis.', Creative Approaches to Research, vol. 9, pp. 68 - 83,
2016
Lenette CD; Procopis B, 2016, '‘They change us’: The social and emotional impacts on music facilitators of engaging in music and singing with asylum seekers.', Music and Arts in Action, vol. 5, pp. 55 - 68,
2016
Lenette C, 2016, 'Writing with light: An iconographic-iconologic approach to refugee photography', Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, vol. 17
2016
2015, 'Don’t Silence “the Dinosaurs”: Keeping Caution Alive With Regard to Social Work Distance Education', Journal of Teaching in Social Work: innovations in instruction, training and educational practice, vol. 35, pp. 343 - 364,
2015
2015, 'Mind the Gap! The growing chasm between funding-driven agencies, and social and community knowledge and practice', Community Development Journal, vol. 50, pp. 88 - 103,
2015
Sawrikar P; Lenette CD; McDonald D; Fowler J, 2015, 'Don’t Silence “the Dinosaurs”: Keeping Caution Alive With Regard to Social Work Distance Education', Journal of Teaching in Social Work: innovations in instruction, training and educational practice
2015
Lenette CD; Weston D; Wise P; Sunderland N; Bristed H, 2015, 'Where words fail, music speaks: the impact of participatory music on the mental health and wellbeing of asylum seekers.', Arts and Health: an international journal for research, policy and practice,
2015
Sunderland N; Istvandity L; Lakhani A; Lenette CD; Procopis B; Caballero P, 2015, ''They [do more than] interrupt us from sadness': Exploring the impact of participatory music making on social determinants of health and wellbeing for refugees in Australia.', Health, Culture and Society, vol. 8,
2015
2015, 'Digital storytelling as a social work tool: Learning from ethnographic research with women from refugee backgrounds', British Journal of Social Work, vol. 45, pp. 988 - 1005,
2015
Lenette C; Ingamells A, 2015, 'Mind the Gap! The growing chasm between funding-driven agencies, and social and community knowledge and practice', COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL, vol. 50, pp. 88 - 103,
2015
Lenette C; Cox L; Brough M, 2015, 'Digital Storytelling as a Social Work Tool: Learning from Ethnographic Research with Women from Refugee Backgrounds', BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, vol. 45, pp. 988 - 1005,
2015
Lenette C, 2014, 'Teaching cultural diversity in first year human services and social work: The impetus for embedding a cultural safety framework. A Practice Report', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE FIRST YEAR IN HIGHER EDUCATION, vol. 5, pp. 117 - 123,
2014
Lenette C; Sunderland N, 2014, '“Will there be music for us?” Mapping the health and well-being potential of participatory music practice with asylum seekers and refugees across contexts of conflict and refuge', Arts and Health,
2014
2014, ''I am a widow, mother and refugee': Narratives of two refugee widows resettled to Australia', Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 27, pp. 403 - 421,
2014
Lenette C; Sunderland N, 2014, '“Will there be music for us?” Mapping the health and well-being potential of participatory music practice with asylum seekers and refugees across contexts of conflict and refuge', Arts and Health, vol. 8, pp. 32 - 49,
2014
2014, ''Newstart' or 'Stop-Start'? The implications of recent welfare reforms on undergraduate students who are sole parents', Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 33, pp. 627 - 630,
2014
2014, '“Will there be music for us?” Mapping the health and well-being potential of participatory music practice with asylum seekers and refugees across contexts of conflict and refuge', Arts and Health, vol. 8, pp. 32 - 49,
2014
Lenette C; McDonald D; Fowler JL, 2014, ''Newstart' or 'Stop-Start'? The implications of recent welfare reforms on undergraduate students who are sole parents', HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, vol. 33, pp. 627 - 630,
2014
Lenette C, 2014, ''I am a Widow, Mother and Refugee': Narratives of Two Refugee Widows Resettled to Australia', JOURNAL OF REFUGEE STUDIES, vol. 27, pp. 403 - 421,
2014
Lenette C; Ingamells, 2013, '‘From ‘chopping up chicken’ to ‘cap and gown’: A university initiative to increase migrant and refugee pathways to employment', Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education
2013
Lenette C; Brough M; Cox L, 2013, 'Everyday resilience: Narratives of single refugee women with children', QUALITATIVE SOCIAL WORK, vol. 12, pp. 637 - 653,
2013
Lenette C, 2013, 'Refugee women: beyond gender versus culture', GENDER PLACE AND CULTURE, vol. 20, pp. 553 - 554,
2013
2013, 'Everyday resilience: Narratives of single refugee women with children', Qualitative Social Work, vol. 12, pp. 637 - 653,
2013
Lenette C; Boddy J, 2013, 'Visual ethnography and refugee women: nuanced understandings of lived experiences', QUALITATIVE RESEARCH JOURNAL, vol. 13, pp. 72 - +,
2013
Lenette C, 2013, 'Mistrust and refugee women who are lone parents in resettlement contexts', Qualitative Social Work, vol. 14, pp. 119 - 134,
2013
2012, 'The dishes can wait: a young mother’s reflection post-PhD', Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, vol. 14, pp. 153 - 161
2012
Media
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Lenette C, 2019, The value of everyday resilience, Refugee Hosts,
2019
2019, The value of everyday resilience, Refugee Hosts
2019
2019, Higher English entry standards for international students won’t necessarily translate to success, https://theconversation.com/higher-english-entry-standards-for-international-students-wont-necessarily-translate-to-success-110350
2019
Baker S; Lenette C, 2019, Higher English entry standards for international students won’t necessarily translate to success, https://theconversation.com/higher-english-entry-standards-for-international-students-wont-necessari
2019
Lenette C, 2018, Refugee women use their voices through digital storytelling, https://theconversation.com/refugee-women-use-their-voices-through-digital-storytelling-97870
2018
2018, Refugee women use their voices through digital storytelling, https://theconversation.com/refugee-women-use-their-voices-through-digital-storytelling-97870
2018
Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
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Sunderland N; Lenette CD; Bartleet B-L, 2015, Health and wellbeing outcomes of participatory music for asylum seekers and refugees., Editor(s): Monsour L, Published: 31 July 2015, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2015
Reports
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Baker S; Lenette C, 2019, Australian OUR forum (Project Eucalyptus) Collaborate, Create & Change: Post-Forum Report,
2019
2019, Australian OUR forum (Project Eucalyptus) Collaborate, Create & Change: Post-Forum Report
2019
Lenette CD, 2017, Using digital storytelling in participatory research with refugee women., Research Methods Cases SAGE Methods Online,
2017
Lenette CD, 2017, Kaja’s story: The importance of narrative ‘threads’ as a qualitative analysis approach, International Network on Youth Integration Journal
2017
Lenette CD, 2016, Asylum seeker and Refugee policy., Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP),
2016
Newman CE; Albury K; Lenette C; Botfield J; Zwi A, 2016, Organisational perspectives on digital storytelling in promoting healthy relationships and sexual health among diverse young people: a pilot study,
2016