Study: LGBT Bullying Has Long-Term Effects

Published: June 23, 2011

It’s many kids’ worst nightmare: getting teased, pushed around or even beaten up at school. It’s a problem that’s particularly prevalent among members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and a recent study shows that sort of bullying has negative, long-lasting effects on its victims.

As reported by our partners at the Huffington Post, a study last month by the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University determined that students experiencing slights like hearing “that’s so gay” up through those who are physically attacked is linked to long-term problems in health and development. Entitled “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adolescent School Victimization: Implications for Young Adult Health and Adjustment” and published in the Journal of School Health, the study found targets of LGBT-related bullying in school face increased risk of adult depression, suicidal thoughts, social adjustment issues and risky sexual behavior.

Those who reported high levels of victimization, as compared to those who reported lower levels, were found to be 5.6 times more likely to report suicide attempts, twice as likely to report being clinically depressed and more than twice as likely to report a diagnosis of a sexually transmitted infection by young adulthood.

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