Homophobic bullying in Queensland schools

Tiffany Jones, Donna Goddard

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution


A significant portion of Australian youth are same-sex attracted, and their school years are a stage when they are particularly vulnerable. Australian students have reported considerable rates of homophobic abuse in their schools – and this is especially the case in states like Queensland where there is little formal protection available against homophobia. A recent Australian study has linked explicit anti-homophobic bullying policies with lower rates of homophobic bullying, and lower rates of self-harm and suicide risks for same sex attracted and gender questioning students. The Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment has been asked to develop guidelines that capitalise on the reductions in homophobic bullying associated with protective policies in states like Victoria and New South Wales.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNo 2 Bullying Conference
Subtitle of host publicationbook of proceedings
Place of PublicationNerang, Queensland
PublisherAustralian & New Zealand Mental Health Association
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781922232014
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventNo 2 Bullying Conference - Surfers Paradise, Australia
Duration: 22 May 201323 May 2013


ConferenceNo 2 Bullying Conference
CitySurfers Paradise


  • bullying
  • homophobia
  • suicide
  • self-harm
  • policy
  • education


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