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Trajectories of depressive symptoms and suicidality among heterosexual and sexual minority youth.
J Youth Adolesc. 2013 Aug; 42(8):1243-56.JY

Abstract

Sexual minority youth report higher rates of depression and suicidality than do heterosexual youth. Little is known, however, about whether these disparities continue as youth transition into young adulthood. The primary goals of this study were to describe and compare trajectories of adolescent depressive symptoms and suicidality among sexual minority and heterosexual youth, examine differences in depressive symptoms and suicidality trajectories across sexual orientation subgroups, and determine whether there are gender differences in these longitudinal disparities. Four waves of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health were analyzed using latent curve modeling (N = 12,379; 53% female). Results showed that the rates of depressive symptoms and suicidality in early adolescence were higher among sexual minority youth than among heterosexual youth, and that these disparities persisted over time as participants transitioned into young adulthood. Consistent with previous cross-sectional studies, the observed longitudinal disparities were largest for females and for bisexually-identified youth. Sexual minority youth may benefit from childhood and early adolescent prevention and intervention programs.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh, 3811 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA. marshalmp@upmc.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23784511

Citation

Marshal, Michael P., et al. "Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms and Suicidality Among Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Youth." Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 42, no. 8, 2013, pp. 1243-56.
Marshal MP, Dermody SS, Cheong J, et al. Trajectories of depressive symptoms and suicidality among heterosexual and sexual minority youth. J Youth Adolesc. 2013;42(8):1243-56.
Marshal, M. P., Dermody, S. S., Cheong, J., Burton, C. M., Friedman, M. S., Aranda, F., & Hughes, T. L. (2013). Trajectories of depressive symptoms and suicidality among heterosexual and sexual minority youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(8), 1243-56. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-013-9970-0
Marshal MP, et al. Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms and Suicidality Among Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Youth. J Youth Adolesc. 2013;42(8):1243-56. PubMed PMID: 23784511.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Trajectories of depressive symptoms and suicidality among heterosexual and sexual minority youth. AU - Marshal,Michael P, AU - Dermody,Sarah S, AU - Cheong,Jeewon, AU - Burton,Chad M, AU - Friedman,Mark S, AU - Aranda,Frances, AU - Hughes,Tonda L, Y1 - 2013/06/20/ PY - 2013/02/24/received PY - 2013/06/05/accepted PY - 2013/6/21/entrez PY - 2013/6/21/pubmed PY - 2014/3/13/medline SP - 1243 EP - 56 JF - Journal of youth and adolescence JO - J Youth Adolesc VL - 42 IS - 8 N2 - Sexual minority youth report higher rates of depression and suicidality than do heterosexual youth. Little is known, however, about whether these disparities continue as youth transition into young adulthood. The primary goals of this study were to describe and compare trajectories of adolescent depressive symptoms and suicidality among sexual minority and heterosexual youth, examine differences in depressive symptoms and suicidality trajectories across sexual orientation subgroups, and determine whether there are gender differences in these longitudinal disparities. Four waves of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health were analyzed using latent curve modeling (N = 12,379; 53% female). Results showed that the rates of depressive symptoms and suicidality in early adolescence were higher among sexual minority youth than among heterosexual youth, and that these disparities persisted over time as participants transitioned into young adulthood. Consistent with previous cross-sectional studies, the observed longitudinal disparities were largest for females and for bisexually-identified youth. Sexual minority youth may benefit from childhood and early adolescent prevention and intervention programs. SN - 1573-6601 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23784511/Trajectories_of_depressive_symptoms_and_suicidality_among_heterosexual_and_sexual_minority_youth_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10964-013-9970-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -