|WASHINGTON -- The Washington Post quotes a new study conducted
by researchers at the University of Minnesota which once again
gay and bisexual teenage boys are significantly more likely to
suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.
Gary Remafedi of the University of Minnesota's department of pediatrics
analyzed data from an Adolescent Health Survey given to more
36,000 middle and high school students statewide in 1987.
He and his colleagues randomly selected 394 youths -- 212 boys
girls -- who described themselves as gay or bisexual and matched
responses to 336 straight students. The frequency of suicidal
suicide attempts was then compared.
The Post says researchers found 28.1 percent of boys who identified
themselves as gay or bisexual reported making at least one suicide
compared to 4.2 percent for heterosexual males. 20.5 percent
of girls who
identified themselves as lesbians made at least one attempt at
compared to 14.5 percent for heterosexual females.
Remafedi and his coauthors, whose finding was reported in the
issue of the American Journal of Public Health, advise doctors
sexual orientation as a factor in making a clinical assessment
whether a youth is a suicide risk.