Gender expression and bullying

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Gender expression and bullying

There are a number of excellent resources on the website by Ground Spark that parents can use to either work with their kids individually around gender expression or gender identity or gender non-conformity. And when we talk about gender non-conformity, oftentimes kids go into schools in which there are really strict gender expression rules among the peers in that girls need to behave in one way, feminine, and boys need to behave in another way, masculine. And what Ground Spark does is they have got videos which opens a dialog with kids about how it is that kids should be able to experiment with the ways in which they want to express their gender. And that just because you are a girl who does not necessarily want to wear make up in middle school but would rather hang out with the kids shooting basketball, that that is okay within the context because everyone should be able to understand who they are and their maleness and femaleness should be represented in the way that expresses their own personality.

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Dorothy Espelage

Professor of Child Development

Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD, is a Professor of Child Development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She is a University Scholar and has fellow status in Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997. She has conducted research on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, and dating violence for the last 18 years. As a result, she presents regularly at regional, national, and international conferences and is author on over 90 professional publications.  She is co-editor of four published books including Bullying in North American Schools: A Social-Ecological Perspective on Prevention and Intervention and International Handbook of Bullying published by Routledge. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. She has presented thousands of workshops and in-service training seminars for teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers across the U.S.  Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming.  She is currently funded by the CDC for a randomized clinical trial of a bullying prevention program in 36 middle schools. She authored a 2011 White House Brief on bullying among LGBTQ youth and attended the White House Conference in 2011. She is also funded by National Science Foundation to develop better methods to assess bullying among adolescents and CDC and NIJ are funding a longitudinal study of predictors of bullying and dating violence among adolescents. Dr. Espelage has appeared on many television news and talk shows, including The Today Show; CNN; CBS Evening News; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson, Anderson 360 and has been quoted in the national print press, including Time Magazine, USA Today, People, Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal. Her dedicated team of undergraduate and graduate students are committed to the dissemination of the research through various mechanisms.

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