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Bullying, Rates and Effects of

This entry describes findings from research on the bullying of LGBTQ youths. It offers a historical overview of those studies that identify bullying as a significant factor in the well-being of LGBTQ individuals, and provides a summary of the findings from larger, more recent, population-based surveys. The entry then discusses the prevalence of LGBTQ bullying, including the bullying of those who are perceived to be LGBTQ, before turning to a discussion of the long-term implications of those experiences for victims. Finally, this entry offers an overview of current debates about the use of language and whether the use of epithets such as “gay” and “fag” are homophobic.

Rates of Bullying

Bullying perpetrated against LGBTQ youths remains a significant education and public health issue. For more than 30 ...

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