Year: 1998 Source: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, v.68, no.3, (July 1998), p.361-371 SIEC No: 19980932

Lesbian, gay & bisexual youth, aged 14-21, & living at home, were studied for patterns of disclosure of sexual orientation to families. Three-quarters had told at least one parent. Those who had disclosed reported verbal & physical abuse by family members, & acknowledged more suicidality than those who had not “come out” to their families. Over half in the disclosed group vs. 12% of the nondisclosed, had made a past suicide attempt & one-third reported current suicide ideation. (35 refs.)