M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology
College of Science & Mathematics
Sexual minorities; Bullying in schools; Depression in adolescence
Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services
The unique challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students are putting pressure on parents, teachers, and school psychologists to find potential solutions. The purpose of this study is to examine variables that have the potential to decrease levels of depression and bullying victimization experienced by LGBT youth. Adults who identify as LGBT were asked to complete a survey reflecting on their experiences in high school. Findings indicate that parental support and peer support are associated with decreased levels of depressive symptoms. There is also an indication that the presence of a student-run LGBT support and/or advocacy group (such as a gay-straight alliance) is associated with a more positive school climate in terms of bullying.
Midgley, Andrew, "Parental and peer support in the LGBT community" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 272.