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Sexuality and Suicidality: Matched-Pairs Analyses Reveal Unique Characteristics in Non-Heterosexual Suicidal Behaviors

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Harris, KM, Sexuality and Suicidality: Matched-Pairs Analyses Reveal Unique Characteristics in Non-Heterosexual Suicidal Behaviors, Archives of Sexual Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Research Journal, 42, (5) pp. 729-37. ISSN 0004-0002 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

DOI: doi:10.1007/s10508-013-0112-2

Abstract

The present findings offer new perspectives on differences between suicide-risk heterosexuals and non-heterosexuals (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning: LGBQ). Results from an anonymous online survey, employing standardized scales, showed that LGBQ participants reported significantly greater suicide-risk than heterosexuals. Seventy-nine matched pairs of suicide-risk LGBQ and heterosexuals were examined by individual suicide risk factors. Results showed no significant differences on separate measures of suicidal ideation; however, LGBQ participants were more likely to report suicide attempts, disclosure of suicidal intentions, and prediction of future suicide attempts. The LGBQ group also indicated greater likelihood of going online to develop new personal relationships. Multiple regression modeling was conducted to guide outreach and support efforts, revealing unique factors predicting help-seeking denial of suicide-risk LGBQ. Implications include the importance of online support and considering sexual minorities not just as a potential high-risk group, but also as a population with unique suicide risks and behaviors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Gay Internet Sexual orientation Social support Suicide
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Mental Health Services
UTAS Author:Harris, KM (Dr Keith Harris)
ID Code:110316
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-07-24
Last Modified:2017-11-07
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