MANCHESTER, England — About one in three LGB individuals who are bullied at school will have similar experiences in the workplace later in life, according to new research by Anglia Ruskin University.
The study, published in the Manchester School journal, approached 400 LGB individuals retrospectively about their experience at school, and also asked them about bullying at their current workplace.
It found that 35.2 percent of gay/bisexual men who had experienced frequent school-age bullying experience frequent workplace bullying. Among lesbians, the figure was 29 percent.
When describing their experiences at school, 73 percent of gay men said they were either constantly, frequently or sometimes bullied. Just 9.9 percent said they were never bullied. Among lesbians, 59 percent experienced constant, frequent or occasional bullying. The mean age of participants was 37, meaning their school years would have been approximately between 1985-1997.
The research also examines job satisfaction. Most gay men said they were “dissatisfied” with their job (56 percent), while this was also the most common answer for lesbians (47 percent).
“This study suggests that bullying may be a chronic problem for LGB individuals, which continues from school to the workplace,” said study author Dr. Nick Drydakis of Anglia Ruskin University. “This could be for a number of reasons — school-age bullying could be more likely to lead to low self-esteem, a difficulty in forming trusting relationships or a greater risk of poor mental health. Factors like these may make it more likely they will experience bullying in the workplace later in life.”
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