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Understanding linkages between bullying and suicidal ideation in a national sample of LGB and heterosexual youth in the United States.
Prev Sci. 2015 Apr; 16(3):451-62.PS

Abstract

While there is an extant research base regarding suicidal ideation in relation to bullying and peer harassment, how findings may be similar and different for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) and non-LGB youth is less well understood. To address this gap, we analyzed data from 5,542 13- to 18-year-old youth who were nationally surveyed online in the United States in 2010. Results suggest that the relative odds of suicidal ideation are elevated for youth who are victims of bullying (OR = 5.61, 95 % CI, 4.11, 7.64), as well as those who are victims of peer harassment (OR = 2.06, 95 % CI, 1.53, 2.79). Within the context of other important factors, bullying was associated with odds of suicidal ideation twice that of non-victimized youth (aOR = 2.02, 95 % CI, 1.30, 3.13). Within sexual identity, the relation between bullying and suicidal ideation was particularly strong for gay, lesbian, and queer youth, even after adjusting for other influential factors (aOR = 6.29, 95 % CI, 2.69, 14.66). Across sexual identities, the odds of suicidal ideation are higher for bisexual youth (aOR = 1.77, 95 % CI, 1.23, 2.55) but not for other sexual minority youth when compared with otherwise similar heterosexual youth. Other factors, including depressive symptomatology and low self-esteem, were also predictive of recent ideation across all sexual identities. Findings highlight the complexity of bullying and suicidal ideation. Furthermore, given the relation between bullying and suicidal ideation, and the disproportionate level of bullying experienced by LGB youth, our findings suggest the need for more protective environments for LGB youth.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for Innovative Public Health Research, 555 El Camino Real A347, San Clemente, CA, 92672, USA, Michele@InnovativePublicHealth.org.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25322949

Citation

Ybarra, Michele L., et al. "Understanding Linkages Between Bullying and Suicidal Ideation in a National Sample of LGB and Heterosexual Youth in the United States." Prevention Science : the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research, vol. 16, no. 3, 2015, pp. 451-62.
Ybarra ML, Mitchell KJ, Kosciw JG, et al. Understanding linkages between bullying and suicidal ideation in a national sample of LGB and heterosexual youth in the United States. Prev Sci. 2015;16(3):451-62.
Ybarra, M. L., Mitchell, K. J., Kosciw, J. G., & Korchmaros, J. D. (2015). Understanding linkages between bullying and suicidal ideation in a national sample of LGB and heterosexual youth in the United States. Prevention Science : the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 16(3), 451-62. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-014-0510-2
Ybarra ML, et al. Understanding Linkages Between Bullying and Suicidal Ideation in a National Sample of LGB and Heterosexual Youth in the United States. Prev Sci. 2015;16(3):451-62. PubMed PMID: 25322949.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Understanding linkages between bullying and suicidal ideation in a national sample of LGB and heterosexual youth in the United States. AU - Ybarra,Michele L, AU - Mitchell,Kimberly J, AU - Kosciw,Joseph G, AU - Korchmaros,Josephine D, PY - 2014/10/18/entrez PY - 2014/10/18/pubmed PY - 2016/1/5/medline SP - 451 EP - 62 JF - Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research JO - Prev Sci VL - 16 IS - 3 N2 - While there is an extant research base regarding suicidal ideation in relation to bullying and peer harassment, how findings may be similar and different for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) and non-LGB youth is less well understood. To address this gap, we analyzed data from 5,542 13- to 18-year-old youth who were nationally surveyed online in the United States in 2010. Results suggest that the relative odds of suicidal ideation are elevated for youth who are victims of bullying (OR = 5.61, 95 % CI, 4.11, 7.64), as well as those who are victims of peer harassment (OR = 2.06, 95 % CI, 1.53, 2.79). Within the context of other important factors, bullying was associated with odds of suicidal ideation twice that of non-victimized youth (aOR = 2.02, 95 % CI, 1.30, 3.13). Within sexual identity, the relation between bullying and suicidal ideation was particularly strong for gay, lesbian, and queer youth, even after adjusting for other influential factors (aOR = 6.29, 95 % CI, 2.69, 14.66). Across sexual identities, the odds of suicidal ideation are higher for bisexual youth (aOR = 1.77, 95 % CI, 1.23, 2.55) but not for other sexual minority youth when compared with otherwise similar heterosexual youth. Other factors, including depressive symptomatology and low self-esteem, were also predictive of recent ideation across all sexual identities. Findings highlight the complexity of bullying and suicidal ideation. Furthermore, given the relation between bullying and suicidal ideation, and the disproportionate level of bullying experienced by LGB youth, our findings suggest the need for more protective environments for LGB youth. SN - 1573-6695 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25322949/Understanding_linkages_between_bullying_and_suicidal_ideation_in_a_national_sample_of_LGB_and_heterosexual_youth_in_the_United_States_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-014-0510-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -