The Relationship between Sexual Minority Status and Suicidal Ideations among Urban Hispanic Adolescents

David T. Lardier, Autumn M. Bermea, Stacy A. Pinto, Pauline Garcia-Reid, Robert Reid

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Abstract

Youth identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ), and more specifically Hispanic youth identifying as LGBTQ, experience suicidal ideation (SI) at disproportionate rates. Furthermore, adolescents identifying as LGBTQ are likely to experience high rates of bullying, depression, and limited social support, increasing SI. Counselors often have difficulty working with youth at the intersection of sexual and ethnic minority statuses. Using structural equation modeling techniques, the present study examined sexual minority status as a predictor of school bullying, depression, social support, and SI, among urban Hispanic youth (N = 538). The authors also tested social support as a buffering mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-189
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017

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Keywords

  • Bullying
  • Hispanic urban adolescents
  • sexual minorities
  • social support
  • suicidal ideation

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