Understanding Homophobic Behavior and Its Implications for Policy and Practice

V. Paul Poteat, Stephen T. Russell

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In this article, we consider recent advances in scholarship on homophobic bullying, and implications for policy and practice. We first consider toward whom homophobic behavior is directed, drawing attention to the nuances among LGBT youth, and the realities of homophobic bullying for heterosexual or straight youth. We review the correlates or predictors of homophobic behavior in youth, and then discuss developmental trends in homophobic attitudes and prejudice and how those collide with younger ages of coming out among contemporary LGBT youth. Finally, we conclude with a discussion of implications for policies and programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-271
Number of pages8
JournalTheory Into Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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