Saturday, October 5, 2013
Who is at more Risk for Suicide? Bullied Children who are Gay or Bullied Children who are Percieved to be Gay
Children who were bullied because they were perceived to be gay are more likely then other bullied victims to consider suicide. These children who were perceived as being gay also, according to a 2010 study were deemed to more depressed along with poor self esteem. Perceptions of others in the world of kids mean everything to a child. But this is just more then not being popular. Children who are popular such as athletes and cheerleaders also are candidates of victimization of ill conceived perceptions by their peers.
The main thrust of this study is to stress that being bullied based on sexual orientation puts the victim at a greater risk for suicide. The study is based on a 2010 survey of nearly 28,000 students in grades, eight, 10 and 12. The survey defined bullying based on sexual orientation as being, "bullied, harassed or intimated at school, because they were thought to be gay or bisexual.
The problem with the survey according to Brian Mustanski, an associate professor in the department of medical social sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago, is that it fails to ask whether those bullied are actually gay and not just perceived to be.
"Because of this, it is a major underestimate of the rate of bullying among gay youth," he said