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  • Sexual harassment common among middle school children, study finds

    Homophobic bullying is the precursor to sexual harassment among U.S. schoolchildren, according to a new study by educational psychologist Dorothy Espelage, who conducted the research while on the University of Illinois’ education faculty. Co-authors on the paper were Jun Sung Hong, a professor of social work at Wayne State University; and U. of I. alumni Sarah Rinehart and Namrata Doshi.

    Homophobic bullying is the precursor to sexual harassment among U.S. schoolchildren, according to a new study by educational psychologist Dorothy Espelage, who conducted the research while on the University of Illinois’ education faculty. Co-authors on the paper were Jun Sung Hong, a professor of social work at Wayne State University; and U. of I. alumni Sarah Rinehart and Namrata Doshi.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Dorothy Espelage, call 217-766-6413; email espelage@ufl.edu

    The paper “Understanding types, locations & perpetrators of peer-to-peer sexual harassment in U.S. middle schools: A focus on sex, racial and grade differences” is available online from ScienceDirect or from the News Bureau.