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NCJ Number: 251353 Find in a Library
Title: Polyvictimization Prevalence Rates for Sexual and Gender Minority Adolescents: Breaking Down the Silos of Victimization Research
Author(s): Paul R. Sterzing; Jeffrey Edleson; Aaron Fisher; Rachel E. Gartner
Date Published: March 2017
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2013-IJ-CX-0029
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study identified lifetime polyvictimization rates by gender identity and sexual orientation for a national sample of sexual and gender minority adolescents (SGMA).
Abstract: Study methodology involved the use of an anonymous, incentivized, online survey that was completed by 1,177 sexual and gender minority adolescents who were currently enrolled in middle or high school (14-19 years old). Age, sexual orientation, gender identity, assigned birth sex, and race/ethnicity were self-reported, with identity categories drawn from previous SGMA research and refined during the survey development phase. The study found that most of the sample had experienced some form of lifetime physical assault (81.3 percent); bullying (88.8 percent); sexual victimization (80.6 percent); child maltreatment (78.8 percent); property victimization (80.1 percent); and indirect or witnessed forms of victimization (75.0 percent). The overall rate of polyvictimization for the sample was 41.3 percent. When examining sexual orientation, “pansexual” adolescents had the highest overall rate of lifetime polyvictimization, followed by “queer”, “questioning,“ “bisexual,“ “other,“ “lesbian,” and “gay“. Important differences in lifetime polyvictimization rates were observed by race/ethnicity, poverty, and urbanicity. In drawing implications from the findings, this report argues that they provide empirical support for the necessity to have federal legislation that targets sexual and gender minority victimization across various contexts and perpetrators. Transgender males and bisexual adolescents are most in need of clinical and legal assistance in preventing negative health outcomes and future violence. 4 tables and 14 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)"; Multiple victimization; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ final report; Victim profiles; Victimization; Victimization risk
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