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Homophobic bullying in UK: Previously unpublished data

16/01/2011

Between 2001 and 2006, Nathalie Noret (York St John University, UK) and I worked with various local authorites helping them monitor all forms of bullying.  In 2003 and 2006 we asked students in secondary schools to tell us if they had been bullied “because I am called lesbian/gay”. As the data shows, rates of being called “lesbian/gay” rose for boys and girls, although fewer students reported being perpetrators of such behaviour in 2006 (this is, of course, not surprising). Interestingly, rates of “homophobic” bullying among girls were three times higher in 2006 than in 2003. When we looked at the data from the 2003 study in particular, we found that while rates of homophobic bullying were highest for boys (particularly in terms of name-calling, and being hit or kicked), girls were more likely to engage in rumour-mongering and social isolation. Click on thumbnail image (left) to see bar chart.

Adapted from: Rivers, I. (2011). Homophobic bullying: Research and theoretical perspectives. New York: Oxford University Press (p. 88).

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