LGBTQ Youth Bullying Experiences in Schools: The Role of School Counselors Within a System of Oppression

Roberto L. Abreu, Whitney W. Black, Della V. Mosley, Alicia L. Fedewa

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Abstract

Sexual minority and gender expansive youth often experience bullying in schools. However, no study to date has provided school-wide LGBTQ-specific antibullying interventions grounded in current national and state laws and policies, nor the professional ethical responsibilities of school counselors. This literature review describes the context of school bullying for this marginalized population and highlights laws and policies preventing the necessary care LGBTQ students need to optimize their school and mental health outcomes. The role of counselors in preventing LGBTQ bullying—and creating a safe school climate—is explored and contextualized with respect to the professional ethics of school counselors. Finally, LGBTQ antibullying interventions that can be implemented by school counselors are examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-342
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Creativity in Mental Health
Volume11
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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© 2016 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

  • Antibullying
  • LGBTQ students
  • prevention
  • school counselors
  • school-wide interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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