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Social Construction of Male Homosexuality and Related Suicide Problems...(For Printing, Table 7; Pour imprimer, Tableau 7)

Social Construction of Male Homosexuality and Related Suicide Problems...Adolescents harassed in school (or on the way to and from school) because they are assumed to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual are also at greater risk for suicidality; their general relative risk for increasingly serious suicide behaviors is a result of both the Oregon (1999) and Wisconsin (1999) Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (Tables 7, 8). These negative outcomes, however, are the most pronounced for adolescent males. In the Oregon survey, males harassed because they were presumed to be homosexually oriented are 5 and 7 times more at risk for being multiple suicide attempters, and for a suicide attempt(s) associated with having received medical attention, and they account for 33% and 35% of suicide attempters in these categories, respectively. Females are also negatively affected by such harassment, but to a lesser degree than males are at risk, compared to their respective counterparts.
 
 

Table 7 - Oregon 1999 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Result Summary
For Males & Females (Grades 9 to 12): Harassment Based on
Perceived Homosexual Orientation of Individuals:
Associations with Depression & Suicide Behaviors.
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CATEGORIES
MALES
N = 10,348
FEMALES
N = 10,939
Harassment based on perceived homosexual
orientation (percent) in the past 12 months
n = 858
(8.3%)
n = 630
(5.8%)
Depression: Risk Ratio / Greater Likelihood
Frequency / Incidence
Odds Ratio: Harassed vs. Non-Harassed
 Confidence Interval: 95%
 (Percentage of category accounted for by "harassed" group.)
2.3 Times
37% vs. 15.8%

2.7<3.1<3.6
(17.2%)

1.9 Times
56% vs. 29%

2.7<3.1<3.7
(9.0%)

Seriously Considered Suicide: Risk Ratio / Greater Likelihood
Frequency / Incidence
Odds Ratio: Harassed vs. Non-Harassed
 Confidence Interval: 95%
(Percentage of category accounted for by "harassed" group.)
2.8 Times
28% vs. 10%

3.0<3.5<4.2
(20.2%)

2.2 Times
44% vs. 20%

2.7<3.1<3.8
(11.7%)

Attempted Suicide: Risk Ratio / Greater Likelihood
Frequency / Incidence
Odds Ratio: Harassed vs. Non-Harassed
 Confidence Interval: 95%
(Percentage of category accounted for by "harassed" group.)
5.1 Times
13% vs. 2.6%

4.5<5.7<7.2
(31.3%)

2.7 Times
23% vs. 8.5%

2.5<3.3<4.0
(14.3%)

Suicide Attempt Associated with Receiving Medical
Attention: Risk Ratio / Greater Likelihood
Frequency / Incidence
Odds Ratio: Harassed vs. Non-Harassed
 Confidence Interval: 95%
(Percentage of category accounted for by "harassed" group.)
5.1 Times
3.7% vs. 0.72%

3.7<5.7<8.3
(33.3%)

4.0 Times
7.8% vs. 1.9%

3.2<4.3<6.0
(19.9%)

Repeat Suicide Attempters: Risk Ratio / Greater Likelihood
Frequency / Incidence
Odds Ratio: Harassed vs. Non-Harassed
 Confidence Interval: 95%
(Percentage of category accounted for by "harassed" group.)
5.9 Times
6.2% vs. 1.04%

4.4<6.2<8.8
(34.9%)

3.7 Times
13.5% vs. 3.6%

3.2<4.2<5.4
(18.6%)

Boys: Pearson's Chi-Squared (X2): 82.4 - 274, p = 0.0000; Girls: X2 =  98.8 - 208, p = 0.0000

"During the past 12 months..." Q-12: "...have you ever been harassed at school (or on the way to and from school) because someone thought your were gay, lesbian or bisexual?" Answer: Yes / No. Q-28: "...did you ever feel so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more?" Q-29: "...did you ever seriously consider attempting suicide?" Q-30: "...how many times did you actually attempt suicide?" Q-31: "If you attempted suicide during the past 12 months, did any attempt result in an injury, poisoning, or overdose that had to be treated by a doctor or nurse?"

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