Year: 2007 Source: American Journal of Public Health, v.97, no.11, (November 2007), p.2017-2019 SIEC No: 20100159

Same-gender sexual orientation has been repeatedly shown to exert an independent influence on suicide ideation & suicide attempts, suggesting risk factors & markers may differ in relative importance between lesbian, gay, & bisexual individuals & others. Analyses of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health revealed lesbian, gay, & bisexual respondents reported higher rates of suicide ideation & suicide attempts than did heterosexual respondents. Drug use & depression were associated with adverse outcomes among heterosexual respondents but not among lesbian, gay, & bisexual respondents. (24 refs.)