Disparities in persistent victimization and associated internalizing symptoms for heterosexual versus sexual minority youth

Tessa M. L. Kaufman*, Laura Baams, René Veenstra

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Abstract

This study investigated whether lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adolescents were at higher risk for persistent victim- ization of bullying compared to heterosexual adolescents, and how victimization trajectories were associated with inter- nalizing symptom development across LGB and heterosexual adolescents. Data came from a five-wave study (MageT1 = 11.1 to MageT5 = 22.3; n = 151 LGB; n = 1,275 heterosexual) and informants were adolescents and their par- ents. Adolescents were classified in three victimization trajectories: persistent (5.6%), decreasing (28.1%) or low (66.3%) victimization. LGB adolescents reported more persistent victimization, relative to no (OR = 6.79, 95% CI [3.52, 13.13]) or decreasing victimization (OR = 3.09, 95% CI [1.53, 6.24]), compared to heterosexual peers. Further, persistent victim- ization was more strongly associated with anxiety among LGB than among heterosexual adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)516-531
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume30
Issue numberS2
Early online date30-Mar-2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2020

Keywords

  • PEER VICTIMIZATION
  • BULLYING VICTIMIZATION
  • DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS
  • YOUNG ADULTHOOD
  • MENTAL-HEALTH
  • SCHOOL
  • GAY
  • VICTIMS
  • TRAJECTORIES
  • ADOLESCENTS

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