ERIC Number: ED371270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Reasons for Living in Homosexual and Heterosexual Older Adolescents.
Hirsch, Jameson K.; Ellis, Jon B.
Suicide rates among older adolescents is a major concern for researchers. A homosexual lifestyle, with its additional stresses, may erode one's adaptive characteristics. This study sought to identify and compare suicidal behavior and adaptive characteristics in homosexual and heterosexual adolescents. Sixty-two individuals were divided into two group according to their self-reported sexual orientation. Participants completed a short self-report demographic questionnaire and the Expanded Reasons for Living Inventory (RFL). Results indicate that homosexuals endorse fewer reasons for living than do heterosexuals. Likewise, homosexuals who were also minorities, exhibited higher levels of suicidal ideation and behaviors than other subjects. The differences detected between adaptive beliefs among heterosexuals and homosexuals suggest that the latter may have a more difficult time coping with their environment than heterosexual individuals. This may be due to the stress and demands associated with choosing a homosexual lifestyle. However, the two groups did not differ on the Survival and Coping Beliefs subscale, which measures one's hope and optimism for the future. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Reasons for Living Inventory