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'Not Necessarily Unsafe, but Vulnerable:' Perceptions of Safety and Harassment among LGBT Students at a Rural University
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2015)
  • Laura E. Agnich, Georgia Southern University
  • Bryan Lee Miller, Georgia Southern University
  • John M. Stogner, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Abstract
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are often at an increased risk for bullying victimization, discrimination, family difficulties, and mental health issues during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Given the effects of strain on the health and well-being of LGBT students, and the potential buffering effect of aspects of university life, the present study examines perceptions of safety and harassment among LGBT students at a rural university in the southern United States. Drawing on semi-structured in-depth interviews with a diverse group of self-identified LGBT students, we identify commonalities and key differences in students’ perceptions of safety and harassment on campus.
Keywords
  • Lesbian,
  • Gay,
  • Bisexual,
  • Transgender,
  • LGBT youth,
  • Sexual orientation,
  • Adolescence,
  • Emerging adulthood,
  • Bullying,
  • Victimization,
  • Discrimination,
  • Family difficulties,
  • Mental health,
  • University life,
  • Perceptions of safety,
  • Perceptions of harassment
Publication Date
March, 2015
Citation Information
Laura E. Agnich, Bryan Lee Miller and John M. Stogner. "'Not Necessarily Unsafe, but Vulnerable:' Perceptions of Safety and Harassment among LGBT Students at a Rural University" Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/laura_agnich/18/