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School motivation in secondary schools: a survey of LGB and heterosexual students in Flanders

Saskia Aerts (UGent) , Mieke Van Houtte (UGent) , Alexis Dewaele (UGent) , Nele Cox and Johny Vincke (UGent)
(2015) YOUTH & SOCIETY. 47(3). p.412-437
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This study focuses on the school motivation of LGB (lesbian, gay, and bisexual) students in Flanders, the northern part of Belgium, a fairly LGB-friendly country. The authors hypothesize that LGB students in Flemish secondary schools are less motivated for school than heterosexual students because they experience less sense of school belonging and more discrimination. In addition, the authors investigate minority-specific factors that could influence the school motivation of LGB students. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses are performed on data from 1,745 secondary school students. The impact of minority stressors on the school motivation of LGB students is examined with hierarchical multiple regression analyses on data from 162 LGB students. Both analyses show that lesbian girls are less motivated to perform in school, but sense of belonging, perceived discrimination, and minority stressors do not explain this finding. Alternative explanations for these results and implications for further research are discussed.
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minority stress, sense of belonging, discrimination, school motivation, sexual orientation, SAME-SEX ATTRACTION, MIDDLE SCHOOL, STIGMA CONSCIOUSNESS, ACADEMIC-ACHIEVEMENT, SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS, GAY MEN, DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS, PEER VICTIMIZATION, SELF-ESTEEM, ORIENTATION

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Aerts, Saskia et al. “School Motivation in Secondary Schools: a Survey of LGB and Heterosexual Students in Flanders.” YOUTH & SOCIETY 47.3 (2015): 412–437. Print.
APA
Aerts, Saskia, Van Houtte, M., Dewaele, A., Cox, N., & Vincke, J. (2015). School motivation in secondary schools: a survey of LGB and heterosexual students in Flanders. YOUTH & SOCIETY, 47(3), 412–437.
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Aerts, Saskia, Mieke Van Houtte, Alexis Dewaele, Nele Cox, and Johny Vincke. 2015. “School Motivation in Secondary Schools: a Survey of LGB and Heterosexual Students in Flanders.” Youth & Society 47 (3): 412–437.
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Aerts, Saskia, Mieke Van Houtte, Alexis Dewaele, Nele Cox, and Johny Vincke. 2015. “School Motivation in Secondary Schools: a Survey of LGB and Heterosexual Students in Flanders.” Youth & Society 47 (3): 412–437.
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Aerts S, Van Houtte M, Dewaele A, Cox N, Vincke J. School motivation in secondary schools: a survey of LGB and heterosexual students in Flanders. YOUTH & SOCIETY. 2015;47(3):412–37.
IEEE
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S. Aerts, M. Van Houtte, A. Dewaele, N. Cox, and J. Vincke, “School motivation in secondary schools: a survey of LGB and heterosexual students in Flanders,” YOUTH & SOCIETY, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 412–437, 2015.
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  author       = {Aerts, Saskia and Van Houtte, Mieke and Dewaele, Alexis and Cox, Nele and Vincke, Johny},
  issn         = {0044-118X},
  journal      = {YOUTH & SOCIETY},
  keywords     = {minority stress,sense of belonging,discrimination,school motivation,sexual orientation,SAME-SEX ATTRACTION,MIDDLE SCHOOL,STIGMA CONSCIOUSNESS,ACADEMIC-ACHIEVEMENT,SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS,GAY MEN,DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS,PEER VICTIMIZATION,SELF-ESTEEM,ORIENTATION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {412--437},
  title        = {School motivation in secondary schools: a survey of LGB and heterosexual students in Flanders},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0044118X12467657},
  volume       = {47},
  year         = {2015},
}

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