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New study by Robinson and Espelage: LGBTQ youth more likely to be truant or to consider or commit suicide

by Sharita Forrest / Nov 12, 2012

NOVEMBER 12, 2012, UI NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sharita Forrest — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and those questioning their sexuality are at significantly greater risk of truancy and of considering and attempting suicide than their heterosexual classmates – even when bullying isn’t involved, according to a new study by Educational Psychology professors Joseph P. Robinson and Dorothy Espelage.

Although bullying does account for a portion of the risk disparities, significant differences remain after taking bullying into account, said the authors, Robinson and Espelage, educational psychologists at the University of Illinois.

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