Men's Violence in Relation to Homophobia in the School

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CONFERENCE: Undergraduate Research and Innovation Conference

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This study looks at the relationship between young men's violence and homophobia in the high-school setting. Male participants were recruited from various first year classes from Arts, Science, and Business programs at Thompson Rivers University. LGBTQ participants were recruited from the LGBTQ club at Thompson Rivers University. All participants underwent a semi-structured interview to find out about their experiences with homophobic bullying while they were in high school. It was found that most participants reported young men being the perpetrators of homophobic bullying, and that because these men received no punishment, they continued their abusive behaviour. It was concluded that if abusive behavior receives punishment and better anti-bullying education was introduced, then the source of the bullying would be stopped, or at the very least reduced, and the mental health of LGBTQ youths in high schools would improve as a result.