New developments in the field: The effects of bullying and peer victimization on sexual-minority and heterosexual youths: A quantitative meta-analysis of the literature

Alicia L. Fedewa, Soyeon Ahn

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Abstract

This study is a comprehensive, quantitative synthesis of the literature examining the effects of homophobic bullying on both sexual-minority and heterosexual youths' psychological outcomes. The final analysis included 16 published and 2 unpublished studies from around the world, totaling 81 effect sizes. Various study characteristics were coded to assess moderator effects, but only age of youth was found to play a significant role between bullying and detrimental outcomes for youths. Results demonstrated that sexual-minority youths experience significantly more bullying and victimization than do heterosexual peers and that these hostile experiences contribute to a number of negative outcomes for sexual-minority youths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-418
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of GLBT Family Studies
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

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Keywords

  • Bullying
  • Homophobic epithets
  • Meta-analysis
  • Peer victimization
  • Sexual-minority youths

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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