Thursday, May 13, 2021
Home Life Style Health & Fitness Bullying a Common Factor Leading to LGBTQ Youth Suicides: Researchers

Bullying a Common Factor Leading to LGBTQ Youth Suicides: Researchers

LGBTQ youth are more likely to be bullied than non-LGBTQ youth

Researchers have found that death records of LGBTQ youth who committed suicide were substantially more likely to mention bullying as a factor than their non-LGBTQ peers.

For the findings, published in the journal ‘JAMA Pediatrics’, the research team reviewed nearly 10,000 death records of youth aged from 10 to 19 years who died by suicide in the US from 2003 to 2017.

While LGBTQ youth are more likely to be bullied and to report suicidal thoughts and behaviours than non-LGBTQ youth, this is believed to be the first study showing that bullying is a more common precursor to suicide among LGBTQ youth than among their peers.

bullying
bullying is a more common precursor to suicide among LGBTQ youth than among their peers. Pixabay

“We expected that bullying might be a more common factor, but we were surprised by the size of the disparity,” said study lead author Kirsty Clark from the Yale University.

“These findings strongly suggest that additional steps need to be taken to protect the LGBTQ youth — and others — against the insidious threat of bullying,” Clark added.

The research team used data from the National Violent Death Reporting System, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-led database that collects information on violent deaths, including suicides, from death certificates, law enforcement reports, and medical examiner and coroner records.

Death records in the database include narrative summaries from law enforcement reports and medical examiner and coroner records regarding the details of the youth’s suicide as reported by family or friends, the youth’s diary, social media posts, and text or email messages, as well as any suicide note.

Bullying
Among 10 to 13-year-olds, over two-thirds of LGBTQ youth’ death records mentioned that they had been bullied. Pixabay

The team searched these narratives for words and phrases that suggested whether the individual was LGBTQ. They followed a similar process to identify death records mentioning bullying. The study found that death records from LGBTQ youth were about five times more likely to mention bullying than non-LGBTQ youth’ death records.

Also Read: ICRA Expects Moderate Participation in Spectrum Auctions

Among 10 to 13-year-olds, over two-thirds of LGBTQ youth’ death records mentioned that they had been bullied.

Bullying is a major public health problem among the youth, and it is especially pronounced among the LGBTQ youth, said the researchers.

“By showing that bullying is also associated with the life itself for the LGBTQ youth, this study urgently calls for interventions that foster safety, belonging and esteem for all young people,” said study researcher John Pachankis. (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,511FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,773FollowersFollow

Most Popular

France, UK Concerned About Resurgence In Jihadist Threat

By Jamie Dettmer Nearly 200 jihadists imprisoned in France are due to be released over the next two years and French security officials are pressing French...

What You Need To Know About The Bombings In Gaza By Israeli

BY- JAYA CHOUDHARY Israeli bombings on the Gaza Strip have killed at least 21 people including 16 Palestinians. Among the diseased was a 32-year-old Indian...

Instagram Lets Users Add Pronouns To Their Profiles

Facebook-owned Instagram has announced to let users add up to four pronouns to their profiles, which they can then display publicly or only to...

Queen Elizabeth II Of The UK Presents The Government Agenda

Britain's Queen Elizabeth delivered the official Opening of Parliament speech Tuesday, her first ceremonial appearance since the death of her husband, Prince Philip. The speech,...

How To Recover Nikon Camera Photos

By Hasan Raza Introduction DSLR cameras have long been utilized in the white-collared photography business sector. DSLR’s notoriety in the global marketplace has also increased significantly...

Working On A Cremation Ground During The COVID Period

The shades of dusk are falling -- it is time to exit this space. But people continue to come in with their dead. The...

Healthy India: Encouraging Nursing Education In Schools

The Covid-19 pandemic has not just rattled the lives of millions but has put Indian healthcare machinery under tremendous pressure. From doctors to nurses to...

International Nurses Day: History And Significance

By- Khushi Bisht The International Nurses Day is observed on May 12th every year worldwide to honor the contributions of nurses. The International Council of...

Recent Comments