Year: 2002 Source: Adolescence, v.37, no.146, (Summer 2002), p.289-299 SIEC No: 20060204

Using a broad suicide risk assessment with 100 youths, ages 17-19, this study examined the relationship between sexual orientation & youth suicide risk. The suicide risk demonstrated by sexual minorities in this study was no greater than that of their heterosexual peers. Youth who reported more external support demonstrated lower overall suicide risk &, specifically, lower levels of hostility, hopelessness, & suicide ideation. The results indicated that suicide risk is not determined by demographic criteria alone, & may be influenced by psychosocial variables, such as support. (37 refs.)