Risk and Protective Factors for Suicidal Thoughts Among Sexual Minority Youth: Evidence from the Add Health Study

Stephen T. Russell, Russell B. Toomey

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Abstract

Sexual minority youth are at greater risk for suicidal thoughts compared to heterosexual youth: Directions for prevention and intervention are urgently needed. Few studies have examined a broad range of risk and protective factors that may explain this disparate risk. This study utilized the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to examine which protective and risk factors for suicidal thoughts behaved distinctly in sexual minority adolescents compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Although many risk factors did not differ for heterosexual and sexual minority adolescents, we found several that were statistically significant for predicting later suicidal thoughts for sexual minorities: personal and friends' school connections, friendship activities, and maternal caring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-149
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

Keywords

  • sexual minority
  • suicide ideation
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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