February 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm EST | by WBadmin
Bullying reports decline by late teens, 20s
(Wikimedia photo by Mario Sanchez Prada)

(Wikimedia photo by Mario Sanchez Prada)

NEW YORK — Many gay and bi teens bullied in school find the problem eases considerably in time a new study from England, reported by Health Day News, finds.

Researchers, the report said, found that out of about 4,100 teens ages 13 and 14 surveyed, those who identified as gay or bi were more likely to have reported being called names and physically hurt. About 57 percent of girls and 52 percent of boys who are gay or bi reported such experiences compared to about 40 percent of their straight counterparts, the report said.

Researchers reported in the March issue of Pediatrics magazine, that by ages 19 and 20, lesbian/bi women and gay/bi men reported significantly fewer instances — 6 and 9 percent respectively, the report said.

Lead researcher Joseph Robinson said the findings support the personal testimonies beyond the “It Gets Better” video series.

“We’ve been giving kids a message of hope and this is showing that it’s not a false hope.”

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