Retrospective and Current Peer Victimization in College Students with Disabilities: Examining the Intersectionality of Sexual Orientation and Gender

Emily M. Lund, Scott Ross

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The present, exploratory study examined retrospective and current peer victimization in a multi-university sample of 58 college students with disabilities, 18 (31%) of whom identified as sexual minorities. Fifty-seven participants reported peer victimization during childhood, and approximately half reported experiencing peer victimization in the past 2 months. Students who identified as sexual minorities reported more retrospective victimization but current victimization did not differ between the two groups. Current and retrospective peer victimization were significantly correlated with present psychological distress. Professionals who work with students with disabilities should be aware of the high prevalence of peer victimization and its psychological correlates in this population.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalSexuality and Disability
StatePublished - Jan 2 2021


  • Bullying
  • College students
  • Peer victimization
  • Psychological distress
  • Sexual orientation
  • Social disability
  • Students with disabilities
  • United states


  • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Disability and Equity in Education
  • Higher Education

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