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Gay, lesbian and bisexual high schoolers report ‘tragically high’ suicide risk

Adolescents considered sexual minorities are more vulnerable to suicidal behaviors than their heterosexual peers

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3:35pm, December 19, 2017
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VULNERABLE KIDS  Teens who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning are at a higher risk of suicidal behavior, according to a study based on a nationwide survey of high school students from 2015. 

High school students who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual are more likely to report planning or attempting suicide compared with their heterosexual peers, a new study finds.

In a nationwide survey in 2015, 40 percent of adolescents who identified as one of these sexual minorities or said they were unsure of their orientation reported seriously considering suicide. Thirty-five percent reported planning suicide, and 25 percent reported attempting suicide. That’s compared with 15 percent, 12 percent and 6 percent, respectively, for heterosexual high schoolers, researchers report in the Dec. 19 JAMA.

The risk of suicidal behavior among sexual minority youth is “tragically high,” says Anna Mueller, a sociologist at the University of Chicago, who was not involved in the study.

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