A Systematic Review of Psychosocial Health Consequences of Homophobic Bullying Victimization among Adolescents Ages 12-18
Methods: We conducted a systematic review of quantitative and mixed methods studies focused on the psychosocial and physical health of victims of homophobic bullying from online databases, such as PubMed, Web of Science, Embase, Scopus, PsycINFO, Google Scholar, and LGBT Life Full Text published in the last ten years focusing on homophobic bullying experienced by adolescents, ages 12-18 in the United States.
Results: Various expressions of bullying (e.g., physical, verbal, and sexual harassment) can contribute to internalizing problems. Study findings also indicate that experiences in homophobic bullying may affect youth at different ages and grades.
Conclusion: Prevention and intervention strategies that effectively address homophobic bullying victimization are suggested. Additionally, recommendations for innovative violence prevention interventions will also be discussed.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Discuss the relationship between various expressions of bullying and the internalizing problems they produce. Evaluate the need for differing types of anti-bullying interventions for LGBT adolescents ages 12-18.
Keyword(s): Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), Child/Adolescent Mental Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently a master of public health (MPH) student at the University of Michigan, studying health behavior and health education. I am interested in, and work on, population health, specifically health issues affecting the LGBTQ population.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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