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Bullying and homophobia in UK schools: A perspective on factors affecting resilience and recovery

Rivers, I and Cowie, H (2006) Bullying and homophobia in UK schools: A perspective on factors affecting resilience and recovery Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education, 3 (4). pp. 11-43.

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This article reports the results of a three-year study focusing on the experiences of a sample of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people in the United Kingdom who were victimized by their peers at school. Data collected from 190 LGBs suggested that experiences of victimization at school were both long-term and systematic, and were perpetrated by groups rather than by individuals. Subsequently, data collected from a sub-sample of 119 participants indicated that over 50 percent had contemplated self-harm of suicide at the time they were being harassed, and that 40 percent had engaged in such behavior at least once. As adults, participants were found to exhibit symptoms associated with negative affect when contrasted with heterosexual and nonvictimized LGB peers. Seventeen percent exhibited symptoms associated with PTSD. However, the results also demonstrated that the majority of participants did not differ significantly from comparison groups in terms of self-esteem, and they had a positive attitude towards their sexual orientation. These findings are discussed with reference to the current literature about the development of resilience following exposure to violence and trauma.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Rivers, I
Date : 2006
DOI : 10.1300/J367v03n04_03
Uncontrolled Keywords : Bullying, harassment, higher education, homophobia, mental health, post-traumatic stress, resilience, suicide, victimization, suicide
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 09:06
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 16:03

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