In the United States, bullying against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer (LGBTQ) students is garnering greater attention from scholars, policymakers and school officials. This interest has prompted research that is providing a better understanding of these experiences, especially the frequency with which LGBTQ students are bullied. Less is known about the direct consequences of being bullied and how these harms might vary between LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ students. The present study begins to address this issue with a focus on students bullied due to their sexual orientation. Specifically, this study uses a nationally representative sample of 12- to 18-year-old students in the United States to explore how bullying experiences and their repercussions on LGB and non-LGB students compare. While certain characteristics are similar, students who report being bullied due to their sexual orientation experience more frequent negative repercussions than those not targeted in this way. These initial findings suggest implications for future research and policy.

Author Biography

Lynn A. Addington is a professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology at American University in Washington, D.C. She earned her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University at Albany (SUNY) and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her current research focuses on fatal and non-fatal violent victimization with an emphasis on students and young adults and considers policy responses to preventing violence and serving victims. Her recent publications have appeared in a range of outlets including the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and Trauma, Violence and Abuse.