Paz Elipe

Universsity of Jaen

Vulnerability contexts: Violence towards LGBTQ+ minors and youth

Participants: Alba de la Cruz Redondo1; Ana Belén García Berbén2; Noelia Muñoz Fernández3; Mónica Ojeda Pérez4

1 University of Jaen; 2University of Granada; 3Loyola University Andalusia; 4University of Seville

Symposium Summary

Affective-sexual diversity is an increasingly visible element in our societies. In fact, at the legislative level, there have been important advances in recent years aimed at promoting respect for different sexual and gender identities and orientations. However, legislative advances, while essential, are not sufficient to achieve social change. The normalization of affective-sexual diversity still has a long way to go, since there is evidence, both at the national and international level, that points to the belonging to a sexual minority in young people as a risk factor for being harassed and suffering violence both in the school context and in other contexts such as the peer group, the family and society, thus evidencing a problem of a structural nature.

Analysing violence against LGBTQ+ youth involves a socio-ecological approach that makes it clear that vulnerability is not something inherent to the person, but rather the result of a series of interpersonal and social variables brought into play in various historical and cultural contexts, as proposed by this approach. The study, therefore, of the factors that make up these contexts, changing them into risk or protection factors, is an essential element in the necessary prevention and intervention aimed at eradicating such violence.

The current symposium will present the results of emerging research that analyses different types of violence, both subtle and overt, as well as contextual factors present in such situations, which will allow us to analyse and reflect on the very concept of vulnerability associated with affective-sexual diversity.

Short CV

She carries out her teaching and research work as a lecturer in Developmental and Educational Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Jaen since 2001. At present, she is part of the research group "Interpersonal Aggression and Socio-Emotional Development". Her main lines of research focus on analysing the emotional impact of phenomena such as bullying and cyber-bullying, as well as other risks associated with the use of ICTs. In addition, she is currently developing a line on LGBTQ+ phobic bullying and cyberbullying and its impact. She has participated and is actively involved in various international, national and regional research projects on school violence, cyberbullying and other risks associated with the use of ICTs in young people and adolescents. It has also collaborated with various national and international educational administrations, developing strategies of analysis, prevention and intervention and, sometimes, materials aimed at mitigating the problems of school bullying and cyberbullying. In addition, she frequently participates in training on LGBTQ+ phobic bullying and cyberbullying in educational contexts aimed at teachers at different educational levels. She is the author of several book chapters and articles, both national and international.

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