VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – UBC will be part of a five-year, $2 million study to figure out how effective school and community programs are in reducing homophobic bullying.
“We know from previous research how common stigma and anti-gay bullying is in schools across Canada, and the health problems such violence can lead to,” says Principal Investigator Elizabeth Saewyc.
“The evidence is pretty clear that homophobia is still pretty pervasive in most high schools. It is important to figure out what are the best strategies that are going to work in their particular context for their kind of school.”
The team will also study the experiences of heterosexual teens who are harassed because people assume they are gay.
When it comes to homophobia, Saewyc adds half of those harassed actually identify themselves as straight. Ten different universities in North America are participating in the study.