March 31, 2011

School Experiences Of Sexual-Minority Adolescents

Researchers examine peer victimization and acceptance

School victimization of sexual-minority youths"”those who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, for example"”is well documented. This type of victimization has been linked to a variety of negative psychosocial and academic outcomes. But a number of questions about the effects of victimization on sexual-minority youths remain.

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) will host a symposium during its Biennial Meeting that brings together researchers to consider this issue from a number of perspectives. Among the questions that will be addressed:

    * Is victimization based on sexual orientation bias more or less harmful for sexual-minority adolescents than general victimization?
    * Are sexual-minority adolescents at greater risk for being victimized at school than heterosexual adolescents?
    * What predicts acceptance by peers for sexual-minority youths?
    * How does peer acceptance affect school outcomes such as academic achievement for sexual-minority youths?


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