Are Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth in Danger of Serious Bullying?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary:Do Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual youth experience more bullying? Does life get better for them?  Is teaching acceptance the solution?
Air Date: 2/27/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Joseph P. Robinson, PhD
robinson joseph picDr. Joseph P. Robinson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the use of novel and rigorous methods to study equity and policy, particularly concerning sexual minorities, women, and language minorities. With his colleagues, he has recently examined how bullying relates to psychological disparities between sexual-minority and heterosexual youth, how teachers' expectations of girls' and boys' math abilities predict growth in the gender gap, and how well-intentioned education policies may hinder achievement for English language learners. Dr. Robinson received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.


Are Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth in Danger of Serious Bullying?
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and those questioning their sexuality are at significantly greater risk of truancy and of considering and attempting suicide than their heterosexual classmates – even when bullying isn't involved, according to a new study of more than 11,000 middle and high school students.

Young people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) do tend to experience higher rates of bullying. What does this mean for your LGB youth?  Can you protect them?  Does it get better?
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