School climate and the experience of LGBT students: A comparison of the United States and Israel

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Journal of LGBT Youth


This article examines the school experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students in the United States and Israel. Through comparison of the sociocultural and educational contexts, the authors assess whether school experience of LGBT students differs or operates similarly across countries. The authors use data from the National School Climate Survey conducted in 2007 in the United States and the Israeli School Climate Survey conducted in 2008 in Israel. In comparison with their Israeli counterparts, LGBT students in the United States were more likely to experience assault and harassment in schools but were more likely to have access to LGBT supportive resources in their schools. Results from multivariate analysis show that negative school climate affect absenteeism and school belonging similarly for both countries.



school climate, LGBTQ students, Israel, United States, Comparative education, Non-governmental organizations