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(p. 310) The Use of Research in Policy and Advocacy for Creating Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students 

(p. 310) The Use of Research in Policy and Advocacy for Creating Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students
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(p. 310) The Use of Research in Policy and Advocacy for Creating Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students
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Carolyn Laub

and Hilary Burdge

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199387656.003.0018
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date: 17 October 2019

Written from the perspective of advocates, this chapter explores how research has been useful for policy and advocacy efforts to create safer schools for LGBTQ students. The authors discuss the use of population-based research that has provided demographic and baseline data about rates of bullying for LGBTQ students, youth-led research in schools that fuels student advocacy for improvements in school climate, community-based research about the steps schools can take to improve student safety and foster positive learning environments for all students, and public opinion polling designed to support and defend legislation requiring LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum in schools. The chapter also discusses ways that nonprofit organizations may conduct and use research as the foundation for designing and implementing solutions and best practices that improve school climate and reduce bias-motivated bullying against students, such as school policy change, professional development for school personnel, and LGBTQ curriculum inclusion.

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