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Elevated rates of suicidal behaviour in gay, lesbian and bisexual youth

Elevated rates of suicidal behaviour in gay, lesbian and bisexual youth
Elevated rates of suicidal behaviour in gay, lesbian and bisexual youth
Both clinical and epidemiological literature point to elevated rates of suicidal behaviors in gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth (GLBY). Recent North American and New Zealand studies of large populations (especially the US Youth Risk Behavior Surveys from several states) indicate that gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents (males in particular) can have rates of serious suicide attempts at least four times those of apparently heterosexual youth. There are various reasons why this figure is likely to be an underestimate. Reasons for these elevated rates of suicidal behavior include a climate of homophobic persecution in schools, and sometimes in family and community—values and actions that stigmatize homosexuality and that the youth who has not yet “come out” has to endure in silence.
schools, youth, gay, bisexual, lesbian
111-117
Bagley, C.
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Mallick, K.
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Bagley, C.
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Mallick, K.
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Bagley, C. and Mallick, K. (2000) Elevated rates of suicidal behaviour in gay, lesbian and bisexual youth. Crisis, 21 (3), 111-117. (doi:10.1027//0227-5910.21.3.111).

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Abstract

Both clinical and epidemiological literature point to elevated rates of suicidal behaviors in gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth (GLBY). Recent North American and New Zealand studies of large populations (especially the US Youth Risk Behavior Surveys from several states) indicate that gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents (males in particular) can have rates of serious suicide attempts at least four times those of apparently heterosexual youth. There are various reasons why this figure is likely to be an underestimate. Reasons for these elevated rates of suicidal behavior include a climate of homophobic persecution in schools, and sometimes in family and community—values and actions that stigmatize homosexuality and that the youth who has not yet “come out” has to endure in silence.

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Published date: 2000
Keywords: schools, youth, gay, bisexual, lesbian

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Local EPrints ID: 33553
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/33553
PURE UUID: 4e111d34-6417-4680-9c44-614842830aea

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Date deposited: 17 May 2006
Last modified: 06 Nov 2018 17:31

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