Suicide and gay/lesbian/bisexual youth: implications for clinicians

Date: 2001
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Type:  Article/Chapter
Author:  Morrison, Linda L. & L'Heureux, Jeff
Publisher:  The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents

[Journal Article] Published in: Journal of Adolescence 2001, 24, 39–49. The research indicating the incidence rates and specific risks for suicide in the gay,
lesbian, bisexual, and questioning (GLBQ) adolescent population is reviewed. An
ecological model of suicide risk assessment for GLBQ youth is presented based on
Bronfenbrenner’s model of human development. The model argues for individual,
micro, and macro levels of assessment to increase clinical judgement and accuracy in
determining high risk GLBQ adolescents. The model also delineates both primary and
secondary intervention strategies which could be utilized to prevent GLBQ youth
suicide.