ERIC Number: ED431983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Position Statement: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth.
National Association of School Psychologists, Silver Spring, MD.
The National Association of School Psychologists recognizes that students who are of a minority sexual orientation, or are perceived to be, are at risk for a number of dangerous and destructive behaviors as well as harassment, discrimination, and low self-esteem. A successful program to address these issues educates both those who discriminate and those who are discriminated against because of sexual orientation. This education can occur on a number of levels: intervention with individual students, schoolwide inservice training, and the modeling of attitudes and behaviors by school psychologists with all students and staff. Any program designed to address the needs of sexual minority youth should also include efforts to educate parents and the community through involvement with other organizations committed to equal opportunity for education and mental health services for all youth. Schools can only be truly safe when every student, regardless of sexual orientation, is assured of access to an education without fear of harassment or violence. (Contains 18 references.) (MKA)
Descriptors: Bisexuality, Community Attitudes, Educational Environment, Family Attitudes, High Risk Students, Homosexuality, Intervention, Role, Safety, School Personnel, School Psychologists, Secondary Education, Social Bias, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Rights, Youth
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Association of School Psychologists, Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: National Association of School Psychologists, Silver Spring, MD.