ERIC Number: EJ1149657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
A Program Review of a Middle School Gay-Straight Alliance Club
Quasha, Scott; McCabe, Paul C.; Ortiz, Samuel O.
School Psychology Forum, v8 n1 p91-102 Spr 2014
This program review examined a middle school Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club within a northeastern suburban school situated in a large metropolitan area. The GSA was the first in the region to start exclusively in a standalone middle school. The review was accomplished through a staff survey comparing school climates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students at this middle school with a demographically matched middle school without a GSA club in the same region. Staff at the middle school with the GSA club also completed a semi-structured questionnaire to evaluate further how the GSA club affected the school environment since its inception. Results indicated the middle school with the GSA club had a more welcoming environment for LGBTQ students in a variety of categories compared to the middle school without a GSA. The establishment of a GSA club and impact on the school are discussed.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Clubs, Social Support Groups, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Comparative Analysis, Questionnaires, Program Effectiveness, Educational Environment, Social Discrimination, Student Needs, High Schools, Middle Schools, Teacher Surveys, Administrator Surveys, Attitude Measures, School Personnel, Statistical Analysis, Bullying
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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