Suicide Attempts Among Sexual-Minority Male Youth

  title={Suicide Attempts Among Sexual-Minority Male Youth},
  author={Ritch C. Savin-Williams and Geoffrey L Ream},
  journal={Journal of Clinical Child \& Adolescent Psychology},
  pages={509 - 522}
The purpose of this study was to provide data addressing Diamond's (this issue) 4 problem areas in sexual orientation research by comparing gay, bisexual, and questioning male youth who report attempting suicide with those who do not. Secondary analyses were conducted with 2 datasets, 1 with a gay support group (n = 51) and the other with online youth (n = 681). Reported suicide attempts ranged from 39% among support-group youth, to 25% among Internet gay support group youth, to 9% among… 
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Recent evaluations of some school suicide-awareness programs suggest that these programs are ineffective and may actually have unintended negative effects, and the premature dissemination of unproven programs is unwarranted.