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(p. 110) Suicide Ideation Among Sexual Minority Youth: The Effects of Bullying and Possible Protective Factors 

(p. 110) Suicide Ideation Among Sexual Minority Youth: The Effects of Bullying and Possible Protective Factors
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(p. 110) Suicide Ideation Among Sexual Minority Youth: The Effects of Bullying and Possible Protective Factors
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V. Paul Poteat

and Ian Rivers

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199950706.003.0010
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date: 16 September 2019

Sexual minority youth (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning; LGBTQ) continue to experience sizable physical and mental health disparities compared to their heterosexual peers. Among these disparities, suicidality remains especially concerning. There is a strong connection between victimization and elevated suicidal ideation and attempts among sexual minority youth. Moreover, homophobic victimization is associated with exponentially higher levels of suicidal ideation and attempts compared to victimization that is not homophobic. In this chapter, we review findings on suicidality among sexual minority youth while noting variability among subgroups of youth in this community. We consider a range of individual and contextual factors that underlie these disparities, particularly as they relate to bullying and victimization. Also, we note factors that attenuate suicide risks among sexual minority youth. Finally, we note implications for future research, prevention, and intervention, as well as social policies.

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