Increased Risk of Suicide Attempts Among Black and Latino Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals.

Published: April 14, 2011

Abstract

Members of racial/ethnic minority groups have a lower lifetime prevalence than have Whites of mental disorders, a risk factor for suicide attempts; paradoxically, however, lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) ethnic minority youths may be at increased risk for suicide attempts relative to White LGB youths. We found that the increased risk of suicide attempts among racial/ethnic minority LGB respondents in our sample relative to White respondents was not explained by excess youth onset of depression and substance abuse or by a higher susceptibility to suicide in the racial/ethnic minority LGB group. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print April 14, 2011: e1-e4. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2010.300032).

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