ERIC Number: EJ800132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Reference Count: 22
Addressing Research Gaps in the Intersection between Homophobia and Bullying
Espelage, Dorothy L.; Swearer, Susan M.
School Psychology Review, v37 n2 p155-159 2008
Bullying, aggression, and peer victimization among adolescents are significant public health concerns. Recent research has demonstrated that bullying and peer victimization sometimes include homophobic epithets directed at heterosexual and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. It appears that being at the receiving end of homophobic banter generally contributes to worse outcomes among youth. This article highlights methodological issues in conducting research with LGBT youth, and stresses the importance of using theoretically and empirically supported definitions, including youth who are sexually questioning, focusing on multiple social and cultural contexts, and examining how support networks serve as buffering agents with regard to the effect of homophobic bullying on psychological outcomes.
Descriptors: Social Support Groups, Bullying, Public Health, Homosexuality, Victims of Crime, Social Bias, Social Attitudes, Antisocial Behavior, Aggression, Peer Relationship, Adolescents, Psychological Patterns, Social Influences, Cultural Influences, Research Methodology
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