Recollections of bullying at school and their long-term implications for lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals

Rivers, Ian (2004) Recollections of bullying at school and their long-term implications for lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 25 (4). pp. 169-175. ISSN 0227-5910

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This study explores the relationship between experiences of bullying at school, adult mental health status, and symptoms of posttraumatic stress among a sample of 119 UK residents who identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Participants completed a series of questionnaires that focused upon school experiences, suicide ideation at school, sexual history, relationship status and negative affect, recent positive and negative life-events, internalized homophobia, and symptoms associated with posttraumatic stress. The results suggested that posttraumatic stress was a potential issue for 17% of participants who also scored significantly higher for depression, and reported having had more casual sexual partners than their peers. However, those who were found to exhibit symptoms of posttraumatic stress were also more accepting of their sexual orientation.Asmall number of participants used prescription or nonprescription drugs, or alcohol to help them cope with memories of bullying. It is suggested that posttraumatic stress may be a feature of the adult lives of men and women who experienced frequent and prolonged bullying at school as a result of their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bullying, homophobia, lesbian, gay, bisexual, memories.
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Psychology and Sociology
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2007 10:27
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:54


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