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Social Construction of Male Homosexuality and Related Suicide Problems...From 1998 to 1999, results were published from school-based studies: mostly Youth Risk Behavior Survey - YRBS - studies to which some homosexuality-related questions were added, but the original CDC - Centers for Disease Control - Questionnaire does not contain such questions. The results confirmed that the 2 to 4 percent of adolescents who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and/or the ones who report being homosexually active, or the ones who are identified by others as being homosexual and are harassed - abused - accordingly, are all at higher risk for attempting suicide than are their counterparts: the ones identified as heterosexual, the ones only reporting being heterosexually active, or the ones not harassed on the basis of presumed homosexual orientation, respectively. Furthermore, these sutdies show that, on average, homosexually oriented adolescents are at even higher risk for attempting suicide than previously estimated from non-random community based samples: an average of about 30% for a "suicide attempt" lifetime incidence (See Tables 1 - 2). The YRBS studies report that homosexually oriented adolescents are attempting suicide at a rate of about 30% in every 12 month period!
 
 

Table 5 - Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results:
Attempting Suicide - 'Homosexual'
versus 'Heterosexual'
State & Year Sample
Taken, Published Study,
& Links To Information
Suicide Attempt
Percent:
'homosexual'
Suicide Attempt
Percent: 
'heterosexual'
"X"-
Times More
At Risk
Minnesota(1987) Remafedi
et al. (1998) - Saewyc et al. (1998)
GB Males
28.1%
Hetero Males
4.2%
7-times
Massachusetts (1993)
Faulkner & Cranston (1998)
Attempting Suicide
Homo / Bi sex
active Male /
Female : 27.5%
Hetero. Active
Only Male &
Female : 13.4%
2-times
Attempters reporting Receiving
Medical Attention
 20.0%
 4.7%
 4-times
Attempters reporting
4 or more Attempts
 16.1%
2.0%
 8-times
Massachusetts(1995)
Mass Educ.Web Site
GLBS = 4.4% of Students
Homo / Bi / Homo-
Sex Active
36.5%
Hetero. Males
and Females
8.9%
4-times
Massachusetts(1995)
Garofalo et al. (1998)
GLB = 2.5% of Students
 Homo/Bi
Male / female
35.5%
 Hetero. Males
and Females
9.1%
 3.3-times
Massachusetts(1995)
Garofalo et al. (1999)
 Homo/Bi/Unsure
Male/Female:
31%
 Hetero. Males
and Females
9.1%
 3.7-times
 Males: 3.8% (GB) + 0.9% (Not
sure) = 4.7% (GBN) = 24%
of male suicide attempters.
 Homo / B i/
Unsure
Males - 33%
 Heterosexual
Males
5.1%
 6.5-times
 1.3% Unsure of Sexual Orientation:
0.9% of Males + 1.7% of Females
 "Not Sure" Male /
Female : 22.76%
 9.1%
 2.5-times
Homo-Active Teens
2.13% -  55% in GLBN Category
30.6%
9.2%
3.3-times
Massachusetts (1997)
"Attempted Suicide"
 4.0% GLB-Identified
and / or homo-sex
activity : 37%
 Others:
"Their Peers"
8%
 4.6-times
Massachusetts(1997)
Suicide Attempt - With Related 
Medical Attention
 4.0% GLB- Identified
and / or homo-sex
activity : 19%
 Others =
"Their peers"
3%
 6.3-times
Vermont (1995) Durant et
al. (1998) - Homo-Sex Active
Males = 8.7% of males
Homo- / bi- sexually
active Males
 Hetero. active
only Males
 More at
risk,* 
Seattle (1995)
(No Publications) -See: Seattle Page
. GLB = 4.4% of Students.
GLB- Identified
Adolescents
20.6%
Heterosexual
Adolescents
6.7%
 3-times
Suicide Attempt Required
Medical Attention
9.4%
2.2%
4-times

 * More at risk with greater # of sex partners

8. Study done using the Minnesota Adolescent Health Survey Questionnaire amended to solicit "sexual orientation" information. In this study, the "suicide attempt" incidence is for "one's lifetime." The "suicide attempt" incidence is for a 12-month period (1 year) in all other studies: the YRBS studies.
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