Gay / Lesbian Youth Suicide Problems in Australia / New Zealand?
Index for: Bisexual, Gay, Queer Male Suicidality
Gay / Bisexual Youth Suicide Problems in Europe?
Table 3: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth Suicide Attempt Studies
Subject index: GLBT Information in 21 Categories.
Figure 1: Attempted Suicide Rates by Sexual Orientation, Race & Gender, and to Age 17 (Bell & Weinberg, 1978).
To: Table of Content - The Homosexuality Factor in the Youth Suicide Problem - 1995

Table 4: Studies reporting on gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth suicide attempt incidences.

Gay-related stressors, attempters versus non-attepters. Out to parent (53% vs 30%), discovered gay by parents (37% vs 23%), by others in family (41% vs 28%), ridiculed for sex identity (57% vs 45%), all not statistically significant. For all males: lifetime prevalence rates 50% higher for alcohol use,  300% higher for marijuana use, and 800%   higher for cocaine / crack use than national average for same-age youth. Lesser differences reported in Magnuson (1992) study.
Related Factors/Reasons: Substance abuse problems 26/37 males, 7/13 females. Positive family relationship: only 2/37 males. Most prevalent feeling for females: isolation. First sexual experience for males at 14 years (average), all with strangers. 35/37 homosexually active. For females 5/13 = 38%. Most suicide attempters got mental health services outside school. All deny their homosexual orientation to mental health professionals.

24. Gibson, P. Gay and Lesbian Youth Suicide. In: Feinlieb, MR., ed. Vol. 3: Prevention and Intervention in Youth Suicide, Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 1989.

33. Rotheram-Borus, MJ., Hunter, J., and Rosario, M. Suicidal behavior and gay-related stress among gay and bisexual male adolescents. Unpublished Manuscript, Columbia University. Data and results summarized in #35, p. 265, 267.

35. Savin-Williams, RC. Verbal and physical abuse in the lives of lesbian, gay male, and bisexual youth: Associations with school problems, running away, substance abuse, prostitution, and suicide. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1994; 62(2): 261-69.

37. Uribe, V., and Harbeck, KM. Addressing the needs of les bian, gay, and bisexual youth: The origins of PROJECT 10 and school-based intervention. In: Harbeck, Karen M., ed. Coming Out of the Classroom Closet. Haworth Press, Inc., Binghampton, N.Y., 1992, pp. 9-28. Also published in the Journal of Homosexuality, 1992.

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