Lesbian and bisexual girls at greater risk for school discipline

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018

Teen girls who are attracted to other girls are far more likely than other students to be suspended or expelled from school, according to a study by Joel Mittleman, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Princeton University.

Mittleman’s paper, “Sexual Orientation and School Discipline: New Evidence from a Population-Based Sample,” uses results from the Fragile Families and Childhood Wellbeing Study, a population-based survey of children born in American cities between 1998 and 2000, roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents. Fragile Families is a joint effort by Princeton’s Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing and the Center for Health and Wellbeing, and Columbia University’s Columbia Population Research Center and National Center for Children and Families.

Mittleman’s paper was published Jan. 19 in the journal Educational Researcher.

For more, see the full story from Denise Valenti of the Princeton University Office of Communications.