‘ Bul­ly­ing fol­lows LGB peo­ple from school to work’

The Asian Age - - Science+ Health -

Wash­ing­ton: Bul­ly­ing may be a chronic prob­lem for les­bian, gay and bi­sex­ual ( LGB) in­di­vid­u­als, which con­tin­ues from school to the work­place. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­search, around one in three les­bian, gay and bi­sex­ual in­di­vid­u­als who are bul­lied at school, have sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences in the work­place later in life. The study, pub­lished in the Manch­ester School jour­nal, ap­proached 400 mem­bers of the LGB com­mu­nity and asked them about their ex­pe­ri­ence at school as well as about bul­ly­ing at their work­place now. It found that 35.2% of gay or bi­sex­ual men, who had ex­pe­ri­enced fre­quent school- age bul­ly­ing, also faced work­place ha­rass­ment. Among les­bian women, the fig­ure was 29%. When de­scrib­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences at school, 73% of gay men said they were con­stantly, or fre­quently bul­lied. Just 9.9% said they were never sub­ject to any ha­rass­ment. Among les­bian women, 59% ex­pe­ri­enced con­stant, fre­quent, or oc­ca­sional bul­ly­ing. The mean age of par­tic­i­pants was 37, mean­ing their school years would have been ap­prox­i­mately be­tween 1985 and 1997. The re­search also ex­am­ined job sat­is­fac­tion. Most gay men said they were "dis­sat­is­fied" with their job ( 56%), while this was also the most com­mon an­swer for les­bian women ( 47%). Author Dr Nick Dry­dakis, of An­glia Ruskin Univer­sity, said, "This study sug­gests that bul­ly­ing may be a chronic prob­lem for LGB in­di­vid­u­als. “This could be for a num­ber of rea­sons. School- age bul­ly­ing could be likely to lead to low self- es­teem, a dif­fi­culty in form­ing trust­ing re­la­tion­ships, or a greater risk of poor men­tal health. Fac­tors like these may make it more likely they will ex­pe­ri­ence bul­ly­ing in the work­place later in life,” wrote Dry­dakis. — ANI

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