Perceived self-belief and social support: resilience in bullied LGBTQ+ adolescents

Fontaine, Charlotte, Birchwood, Max, and Connor, Charlotte (2022) Perceived self-belief and social support: resilience in bullied LGBTQ+ adolescents. Youth Voice Journal, 12.

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Purpose: Previous research has shown that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals experience greater levels of bullying which may place them more at risk of mental health problems than their heterosexual or cisgender counterparts. Therefore, increasing their resilience may help them cope with the challenge of bullying and have a positive impact on their mental health. This study seeks to provide support for resilience factors that may promote increased well-being for bullied LGBTQ+ adolescents.

Methodology: LGBTQ+ individuals aged 16-25 (N=287) completed questionnaires which measured their bullying status, mental well-being, perceived resilience, stigma-consciousness, and perceived social support, in order to compare the mental well-being of bullied and non-bullied young people and to determine protective resilience factors.

Findings: Young people who had experienced bullying were found to have poorer mental wellbeing than their non-bullied counterparts. Perceived social support and self-belief predicted better mental wellbeing.

Implications: Personal and social resilience was associated with better mental wellbeing outcomes for bullied LGBTQ+ young people. Perceived social support and self-belief, equipped individuals with the assets and resources necessary to mitigate the consequences of being bullied and being part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Item ID: 73802
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2056-2969
Keywords: resilience, adolescence, mental well-being, self-belief, social support
Copyright Information: © 2022 RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FOR ALL.
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 05:44
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520502 Gender psychology @ 50%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 100%
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