Bullying has a long-lasting effect on both victims and their perpetrators; however, there is little literature dedicated to understanding the roles of sexual minority adolescents beyond being a victim or the specific types of bullying behaviors (verbal, relational, physical) in which sexual minority adolescents engage. Even less is known about the experiences of mostly heterosexual youth, as distinct from their lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) peers. This exploratory study sought to identify sexual orientation differences in bullying behavior participation using a random cluster sample obtained from a county school district in the Southeastern United States. The sample included 3,463 middle and high school students from 66 schools. Four latent classes of bullies and victims emerged, with similar patterns of behaviors for heterosexual, mostly heterosexual, and LGB groups.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Psychology
- Applied Psychology
- latent class analysis
- sexual minority