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

J Adolesc. 2001 Feb;24(1):39-49. doi: 10.1006/jado.2000.0361.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Bisexuality
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female
  • Homosexuality, Male
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Sexuality*
  • Suicide* / psychology