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Suicide attempts more likely among adolescents with same-sex sexual orientation

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  • Ian Pitchford
    Epidemiology Suicide attempts more likely among adolescents with same-sex sexual orientation Last Updated: 2001-07-31 16:01:08 EDT (Reuters Health) By Steven
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 31, 2001
      Epidemiology

      Suicide attempts more likely among adolescents with same-sex sexual orientation

      Last Updated: 2001-07-31 16:01:08 EDT (Reuters Health)

      By Steven Reinberg

      WESTPORT, CT (Reuters Health) - Adolescent boys and girls with a same-sex
      sexual orientation are twice as likely to attempt suicide compared with other
      adolescents, according to a report in the August issue of the American Journal
      of Public Health.

      "We find that there is a strong link between same-sex sexual orientation and
      adolescent suicidal thought and attempts," Dr. Stephen T. Russell, from the
      University of California at Davis, told Reuters Health.

      Using data from the Add Health Study, Dr. Russell and his colleague, Dr. Kara
      Joyner from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, evaluated a national sample
      of 6254 adolescent girls and 5686 adolescent boys. Approximately 7% of these
      subjects reported having a same-sex romantic attraction or relationship.

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