Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Bullying of sexual minorities: How does multiple minority status affect the likelihood of being victimized?
by Rivera, Leilani K., M.S.Psy., Kaplan University, 2011, 39; 1511567
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined whether or not sexual minorities who are also members of minority racial/ethnic, gender, and religious groups have an increased risk of being bullied. Data from the 2005 National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and School Crime Supplement (SCS) were utilized, where 11,525 randomly selected adult Americans were asked about being bullied. We ran Pearson Chi-Square analyses to determine whether or not each specific dual-minority status had an effect on the likelihood of an individual being bullied, and whether membership in an increasing number of minority statuses raised the likelihood of an individual being bullied regardless of the minority status. Results suggest that merely being a member of a second minority group does not, in itself, increase the likelihood of being bullied. However, if one is already being bullied for being a sexual minority, then membership in a racial/ethnic, gender, or religious minority group increases the odds of being bullied dramatically. As subjects moved from 0 to 3 additional minority group memberships, the likelihood of bullying due to sexual orientation increased first 22-fold, then 37-fold, and finally 167-fold, demonstrating a clear progression in bullying likelihood as the number of additional minority group memberships increases. Among those subjects bullied due to sexual orientation, a sizable 55% were members of additional minority groups. We discussed the implications of these findings for identifying those most likely persons to be victimized and targeting services to their needs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cumella, Edward J.
Commitee: Chung, Natasha, Shillingsburg, Alice
School: Kaplan University
Department: School of Arts & Sciences
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, GLBT Studies
Keywords: Bullying, Ethincity, Gender, Race, Religion, Sexual orientation
Publication Number: 1511567
ISBN: 978-1-267-37142-3
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