Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Bullying: For Gay and Lesbian Teens, Does Life Get Better After School?

TIME, February 4, 2013

"Two years ago, columnist and Seattle gay-rights advocate Dan Savage launched the 'It Gets Better' project on YouTube. In reassuring video clips, adults promised homosexual kids — who are bullied and attempt suicide more than their straight peers — that life would get easier once they finished high school.
But does it really? Joseph Robinson, an assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, decided to apply a researcher’s eye to the question. In a new study, he concludes that yes, it does get better — for the most part. 'The sentiment of the It Gets Better campaign is that things will get better because chances are you are not going to be bullied later in life,' says Robinson. 'This is the first time we have strong empirical evidence to suggest it does get better.'"  Read More

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