"It needs to be a much more systematic effort," Robinson said. "Schools need to get behind this." He added that if you've complained to your school about bullying and nothing has been done, you can take it to your local civil rights office.
Mustanski also suggested looking for resources outside of school, including community groups and online help -- like the Trevor Project, which offers a hotline for gay and bisexual kids who are thinking of suicide or hurting themselves.
One question from the current study is whether the findings would be similar in the United States or other countries. Robinson said he "strongly suspects" the general patterns would be the same in the United States as in England.
But you can't know for sure without the numbers, Mustanski pointed out. "We absolutely need a study like this in the U.S.," he said.
For help in dealing with anti-gay bullying, go to the It Gets Better project.
SOURCES: Joseph Robinson, Ph.D., assistant professor, educational psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., associate professor, medical social sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago; March 2013 Pediatrics
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