Year: 1998 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.4, no.3, (1998), p.243-248 SIEC No: 19980511

62 volunteers were divided into 2 groups according to their self-reported sexual orientation (38 heterosexual, 24 homosexual & lesbian). Participants completed the Reasons for Living Inventory to determine levels of adaptive characteristics that may prevent suicidal behaviors. Gay men & lesbian women endorsed fewer reasons for living than did heterosexual individuals. This may be related to increased responsibilities, demands & stressors associated with choosing a homosexual lifestyle. (13 refs)