Neighborhood-level LGBT hate crimes and bullying among sexual minority youths

A geospatial analysis

Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, Dustin Duncan, Renee Johnson

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Abstract

The goal of this study was to evaluate a novel measure of environmental risk factors for bullying among sexual minority youths. Data on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) assault hate crimes were obtained from police records, geocoded, and then linked to individual-level data on bullying and sexual orientation from the 2008 Boston Youth Survey Geospatial Dataset (N = 1,292; 108 sexual minorities). Results indicated that sexual minority youths who reported relational and electronic bullying were more likely to reside in neighborhoods with higher LGBT assault hate crime rates. There was no association between LGBT assault hate crimes and bullying among heterosexual youths, providing evidence for specificity to sexual minority youth. Moreover, no relationships were observed between sexual minority bullying and neighborhood-level violent and property crimes, indicating that the results were specific to LGBT assault hate crimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-675
Number of pages13
JournalViolence and Victims
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Bullying
  • Community-level determinants of youth violence
  • Hate crimes
  • Sexual orientation

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law
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Neighborhood-level LGBT hate crimes and bullying among sexual minority youths : A geospatial analysis. / Hatzenbuehler, Mark L.; Duncan, Dustin; Johnson, Renee.

In: Violence and Victims, Vol. 30, No. 4, 2015, p. 663-675.

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