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Citation

Day JK, Fish JN, Grossman AH, Russell ST. J. Res. Adolesc. 2019; ePub(ePub): ePub.

Affiliation

University of Texas at Austin.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/jora.12487

PMID

30861243

Abstract

Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) and school policies focused on support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning youth may reduce bias-based bullying and enhance social supports in schools. Using multivariate regression, we tested the relationship between youth reports of the presence of GSAs and LGBTQ-focused policies, independently and mutually, with experiences bullying and perceived support (n = 1,061). Youth reported higher classmate support in the presence of GSAs and higher teacher support in the presence of LGBTQ-focused policies; the presence of both GSAs and LGBTQ-focused policies was associated with less bullying and higher perceived classmate and teacher support. The findings indicate that GSAs and LGBTQ-focused policies are distinctly and mutually important for fostering safer and more supportive school climates for youth.

© 2019 Society for Research on Adolescence.


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