Suicides among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations in Australia: An analysis of the Queensland Suicide Register
The study authors wanted to see if there were differences in suicide profiles of LGBT people vs the general population and whether they constituted a unique subset of suicide deaths. They examined the Queensland Suicide register and identified 35 LGBT individuals who died by suicide between 2000-2009. They then matched each case with 3 non LGBT cases that were matched for age and gender as controls
1. Depression was significantly more likely in LGBT cases than controls
2. None of the LGBT cases had psychotic disorders yet 12.5% of the controls had them.
3. Relationship conflict was MORE frequent in LGBT cases than controls (66% had some form of relationship problem before death. Despite this, family conflict was LESS frequent so it is difficult to attribute the increased depression and suicide to ‘homophobic rejection’ by family
Depression, relationship problems and ultimately suicide are MORE COMMON among LGBT people despite Australia being relatively accepting of homosexuality. They appear to constitute a unique subset of suicide cases. That is, there is something about the homosexual relationship itself that predisposes to depression and suicide.
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