Victimization and suicidality among Dutch lesbian, gay and bisexual youths

D.D. van Bergen, H.M.W. Bos, J. van Lisdonk, S. Keuzenkamp, T.G.M. Sandfort

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We examined Netherlands Institute for Social Research data, collected between May and August 2009, on 274 Dutch lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths. The data showed that victimization at school was associated with suicidal ideation and actual suicide attempts. Homophobic rejection by parents was also associated with actual suicide attempts. Suicidality in this population could be reduced by supporting coping strategies of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths who are confronted with stigmatization by peers and parents, and by schools actively promoting acceptance of same-sex sexuality. Copyright © 2012 by the American Public Health Association®.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-72
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number1
Early online date15 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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