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ERIC Number: ED519243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
ISSN: ISSN-1075-7031
Safe Schools Policy for LGBTQ Students. Social Policy Report. Volume 24, Number 4
Russell, Stephen T.; Kosciw, Joseph; Horn, Stacey; Saewyc, Elizabeth
Society for Research in Child Development
Two proposed U.S. federal laws would provide explicit protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) students in public schools. These federal laws follow actions by many states and school districts to define and implement laws or policies to protect the safety of LGBTQ students in schools. Research during the past decade has shown that LGBTQ youth are a vulnerable population, and that the negative school experiences of LGBTQ students often contribute to their vulnerability. This Social Policy Report reviews research relevant to these federal, state, and local laws and policies. Research on sexual orientation/identity development is reviewed, with attention to the growing numbers of youth that "come out" or disclose their LGBTQ identities to others during their school-age years. Schools are often hostile environments for LGBTQ students; this evidence is considered along with research on the consequences for compromised achievement and emotional and behavioral health. We then review strategies in education policy and practice that are associated with well-being for LGBTQ (and all) students. (Contains 5 footnotes.) [Commentaries from Ian Rivers, Susan M. Swearer, Daniel O'Donnell and Marko Liias are included. Commentaries are individually referenced.]
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research in Child Development
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States