Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) students are at disproportionately high risk for bullying victimization on school grounds. Homophobic bullying has been linked to a host of negative outcomes for LGB youth, including mental health issues, academic disengagement, drug and alcohol abuse, and even suicidal ideation and behavior. Schools are ethically and legally obligated to intervene with regards to homophobic bullying, pointing to a need for thorough understanding of this issue among school psychologists. This presentation aims to evaluate and discuss existing research regarding prevention and intervention strategies pertaining to bullying victimization of LGB students. Primary, secondary, and tertiary approaches will be addressed. Practitioners will develop a deeper understanding of the complex issues regarding homophobic bullying among students. Further, they will leave equipped with a number of evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies to be used in the context of a multi-tiered system of support.

Strand: F, Topic: 11, Level: I

Christina Boos and Grace Rose, graduate students, school psychology, Chapman University