'At-risk' or school-based risk? Testing a model of school-based stressors, coping responses, and academic self-concept for same-sex attracted youth

Jacqueline Ullman
2014 Journal of Youth Studies  
This study examined same-sex attracted students' perceptions of their school climate toward same-sex attraction and their school-based environmental stresses and supports using Margaret Spencer's Phenomenological Variant of Ecological Systems Theory model. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the relationship between stressors, coping mechanisms, and academic identity formation. Students' connection to teachers and their school environment had the strongest total impact on their
more » ... emic self-concept and motivation to learn. Of key import was the indirect impact of students' perceptions of their school climate on both of these important academic outcomes, through their connection to both their school community and general school environment. Findings highlight the deleterious impact of school-based risk factors, including victimization and curricular silences, on educational outcomes for same-sex attracted youth.
doi:10.1080/13676261.2014.963539 fatcat:xo22t3sztbe4dnnnwf5zb4oo44