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J Homosex. 2018;65(13):1916-1933. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1391552. Epub 2017 Nov 8.

Suicidal and Help-Seeking Behaviors Among Youth in an Online Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Social Network.

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a Department of Psychiatry , University of Rochester Medical Center , Rochester , New York , USA.
b Department of Computer Science , Rochester Institute of Technology , Rochester , New York , USA.
c Coach Phoenix, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , USA.


LGBTQ youth have a great burden for suicidal ideation/behavior compared to their non-LGBTQ peers. While scholars have explored risk factors for suicidal behaviors, little is known about protective factors among LGBTQ youth, let alone within group differences in terms of help-seeking. Data were collected from 203 TrevorSpace (e.g., a social network for LGBTQ youth) users via online survey to examine suicidal and help-seeking behaviors among LGBTQ individuals. Among participants who reported suicidal ideation/behavior, a large proportion did not seek help (73.1% of gay men, 33.3% of bisexual men, 42.9% of bisexual women, 14.3% of lesbian women, 41.2% of queer individuals) when they considered or attempted suicide. Among those who sought support, reaching out to a friend was most common. However, family support was associated with fewer suicidal behaviors. Our findings underscore the need to examine the effectiveness of specific sources of help and the impact of exposure to social connectedness.


LGBTQ youth; Risk factors; protective factors; suicidal ideation; suicide attempt

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