Suicidal ideation and attempts in north american school-based surveys: Are bisexual youth at increasing risk?

Elizabeth M. Saewyc, Carol L. Skay, Patricia Hynds, Sandra L Pettingell, Linda H Bearinger, Michael D Resnick, Elizabeth Reis

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Abstract

This study explored the prevalence, disparity, and cohort trends in suicidality among bisexual teens vs. heterosexual and gay/lesbian peers in 9 population-based high school surveys in Canada and the U.S. Multivariate logistic regressions were used to calculate age-adjusted odds ratios separately by gender; 95% confidence intervals tested cohort trends where surveys were repeated over multiple years. Results showed remarkable consistency: bisexual youth reported higher odds of recent suicidal ideation and attempts vs. heterosexual peers, with increasing odds in most surveys over the past decade. Results compared to gay and lesbian peers were mixed, with varying gender differences in prevalence and disparity trends in the different regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of LGBT Health Research
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 14 2008

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Suicidal Ideation
Heterosexuality
Canada
Sexual Minorities
Surveys and Questionnaires
Cross-Sectional Studies
Logistic Models
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Population

Keywords

  • Bisexual gay lesbian adolescents
  • Health disparities
  • Population surveys
  • School-based surveys
  • Sexual orientation
  • Suicide attempts

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Suicidal ideation and attempts in north american school-based surveys : Are bisexual youth at increasing risk? / Saewyc, Elizabeth M.; Skay, Carol L.; Hynds, Patricia; Pettingell, Sandra L; Bearinger, Linda H; Resnick, Michael D; Reis, Elizabeth.

In: Journal of LGBT Health Research, Vol. 3, No. 2, 14.02.2008, p. 25-36.

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Saewyc, Elizabeth M. ; Skay, Carol L. ; Hynds, Patricia ; Pettingell, Sandra L ; Bearinger, Linda H ; Resnick, Michael D ; Reis, Elizabeth. / Suicidal ideation and attempts in north american school-based surveys : Are bisexual youth at increasing risk?. In: Journal of LGBT Health Research. 2008 ; Vol. 3, No. 2. pp. 25-36.
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