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Whitney DeCamp Nicholas W. Bakken

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Researchhas suggested that sexual minority youth are more likely to experience a number of behavioral and health-related risk factors due to their exposure to negative attitudes and beliefs about sexual minorities. Few studies, however, have examined the prevalence of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) among sexual minority youth. With self-cutting and suicidal ideation common in middle and high schools, understanding the antecedents and correlates of such behaviormay help identify troubled students and initiate preventative measures. METHODS: Bivariate probit regression analyses are performed using data from 7,326 high school students collected via the Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Survey. RESULTS: Results indicate that bullying victimization, fighting, substance use, sexual behavior, depression, and unhealthy dieting behaviors were generally associated with NSSI and suicidal ideation. Some effects - including those from sexual activity, substance use, and unhealthy dieting behaviors – significantly differed based on gender and orientation. CONCLUSIONS: Risk factors for suicide and NSSI vary by gender and orientation. Both prevention/intervention specialists and researchers should consider the intersection of these risk factors with sexual orientation in their efforts. © 2015 KUMS, All rights reserved

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DECAMP, Whitney; BAKKEN, Nicholas W.. Self-injury, suicide ideation, and sexual orientation: differences in causes and correlates among high school students. Journal of Injury and Violence Research, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 1, p. 15-24, sep. 2015. ISSN 2008-4072. Available at: <http://jivresearch.org/jivr/index.php/jivr/article/view/545>. Date accessed: 17 dec. 2017.
Keywords
Non-suicidal self injury; Suicide ideation; Sexual minority youth
Section
Original Research Article

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