Questioning and sexual minority adolescents: high school experiences of bullying, sexual harassment and physical abuse

Trish Williams, Jennifer Connolly, Debra Pepler, Wendy Craig
Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, Revue Canadienne de Santé Mentale Communautaire 2003, 22 (2): 47-58
Using a subset of youth from a sample of 3,636 Canadian adolescents, the present study examined sexual orientation and victimization experiences in high school. A total of 130 adolescents indicated they were gay, lesbian, bisexual, or questioning their sexual orientation. Significantly more adolescents identified as bisexual (N = 50) or questioning (N = 68) than as gay or lesbian (N = 12). Sexual-minority and questioning youth were more likely than heterosexual youth to be victims of bullying, peer sexual harassment, and peer or dating-partner physical abuse. Implications of victimization on questioning and sexual-minority adolescents' mental health are discussed.

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