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Title: Individual and contextual factors associated with school staff responses to homophobic bullying
Authors: Zotti, D.
Carnaghi, A.
Piccoli, V.
Bianchi, M.
Keywords: School climate
School staff
Contact hypothesis
Secondary school
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Springer US
Abstract: This cross-sectional research investigates the individual (i.e., sexual prejudice, contact with lesbian and gay [LG] people, and perceived seriousness of homophobic epithets) and contextual (i.e., homophobic bullying observed by school staff and perceived colleague reactions to homophobic bullying) factors as predictors of school staff intervention against vs. legitimization of homophobic bullying. Data were collected in secondary schools in the North of Italy via a paper-and-pencil survey. Participants were school staff members (N = 273) from 24 Italian secondary schools. The results have indicated that the higher the sexual prejudice and the lower the contact with LG individuals, the higher the legitimization of homophobic bullying. Also, perceiving colleagues as legitimizing or intervening in cases of homophobic bullying predicted similar reactions on the part of school staff participants. The findings are discussed with respect to the current literature regarding homophobic bullying, and applied interventions for school staff training programs to tackle homophobic bullying at school are put forward.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1007/s13178-018-0362-9
ISSN: 1868-9884
Accession number: WOS:000494821700014
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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