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How are different groups, such as ethnic minorities, asylum seekers and disabled pupils, affected by bullying?

Fifteen young gay and bisexual men (between 14 and 26 years of age) from the North East of England were asked about their experiences at school. Only 20% said that they had not been bullied at school because of their sexual orientation. All of the participants who had been bullied had suffered verbal abuse, and 75% had been physically abused at least once. For some the bullying happened regularly and over a long period of time. The study revealed that many of the young men who had been bullied (58%), had not told their parents about it. However 75% of those who had been bullied had told a teacher, although one young man had not revealed that it was homophobic. Unfortunately for many, the teachers' responses were neither supportive or effective. Seventeen per cent of those who had had not received support from teachers or parents had thought about or actually attempted suicide and 33% had suffered depression. Other reported effects of bullying included loss of confidence and self-esteem, feelings of isolation and also difficulties concentrating on school work.
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Article details

H Ford (2002) 'Homophobic Bullying in North East Schools. Summary of Research Findings', Newcastle Upon Tyne, England: MESMAC North East.

A limited number of copies of this report are available from MESMAC North East, 11 Nelson Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5AN, England, Telephone 0191 233 1333 or contact by email.
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