This study examined the relationship between sexual orientation and suicide risk in a population-based sample of adolescents.
Participants were selected from a cross-sectional, statewide survey of junior and senior public high school students.
All males (n=212) and females (n=182) who described themselves as bisexual/homosexual were compared with 336 gender-matched heterosexual respondents on three outcome measures : suicidal ideation, intent, and self-reported attempts.
Logistic regression analyses were used to examine the association between sexual orientation and outcome measures with adjustment for demographic characteristics.
Suicide attempts were reported by 28.1% of bisexual/homosexual males, 20.5% of bisexual/homosexual females, 14.5% of heterosexual females, and 4.2% of heterosexual males.
For males, but not females, bisexual/homosexual orientation was associated with suicidal intent (odds ratio [OR]=3.61 ; 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.40,9.36) and attempts (OR=7.10 ; 95% CI=3.05,16.53).
There is evidence of a strong association between suicide risk and bisexuality or homosexuality in males.
Mots-clés Pascal : Comportement sexuel, Homosexualité, Bisexualité, Suicide, Sexe, Epidémiologie, Facteur risque, Homme, Sexualité
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sexual behavior, Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Suicide, Sex, Epidemiology, Risk factor, Human, Sexuality
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0252750
Code Inist : 002B18C11. Création : 11/09/1998.