Sexual orientation and risk of suicide attempts among a representative sample of youth

Robert Garofalo, R. Cameron Wolf, Lawrence S Wissow, Elizabeth R. Woods, Elizabeth Goodman

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Objective: To examine whether sexual orientation is an independent risk factor for reported suicide attempts. Design: Data were from the Massachusetts 1995 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which included a question on sexual orientation. Ten drug use, 5 sexual behavior, and 5 violence/victimization variables chosen a priori were assessed as possible mediating variables. Hierarchical logistic regression models determined independent predictors of suicide attempts. Selling: Public high schools in Massachusetts. Participants: Representative, population-based sample of high school students. Three thousand three hundred sixty-five (81%) of 4167 responded to both the suicide attempt and sexual orientation questions. Main Outcome Measure: Self-reported suicide attempt in the past year. Results: One hundred twenty-nine students (3.8%) selfidentified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or not sure of their sexual orientation (GLBN). Gender, age, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and all 20 health-risk behaviors were associated with suicide attempt (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-493
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Volume153
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1999

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Sexual Behavior
Suicide
Risk-Taking
Logistic Models
Students
Crime Victims
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Violence
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Health
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Population
Sexual Minorities

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Garofalo, R., Wolf, R. C., Wissow, L. S., Woods, E. R., & Goodman, E. (1999). Sexual orientation and risk of suicide attempts among a representative sample of youth. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 153(5), 487-493.

Sexual orientation and risk of suicide attempts among a representative sample of youth. / Garofalo, Robert; Wolf, R. Cameron; Wissow, Lawrence S; Woods, Elizabeth R.; Goodman, Elizabeth.

In: Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Vol. 153, No. 5, 1999, p. 487-493.

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Garofalo, R, Wolf, RC, Wissow, LS, Woods, ER & Goodman, E 1999, 'Sexual orientation and risk of suicide attempts among a representative sample of youth', Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, vol. 153, no. 5, pp. 487-493.
Garofalo, Robert ; Wolf, R. Cameron ; Wissow, Lawrence S ; Woods, Elizabeth R. ; Goodman, Elizabeth. / Sexual orientation and risk of suicide attempts among a representative sample of youth. In: Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 1999 ; Vol. 153, No. 5. pp. 487-493.
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