ERIC Number: EJ937788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
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Understanding Suicide among Sexual Minority Youth in America: An Ecological Systems Analysis
Hong, Jun Sung; Espelage, Dorothy L.; Kral, Michael J.
Journal of Adolescence, v34 n5 p885-894 Oct 2011
This article examines major risk factors for suicide among sexual minority youth using Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory. Although suicidal behavior among sexual minority youth is a major public concern in the United States, understanding of this phenomenon has been limited since the majority of empirical research studies have addressed individual level characteristics without much consideration to the larger environmental contexts. This review integrates past and current empirical findings on suicidal behaviors of sexual minority youth within the context of "micro-", "meso-", "exo-", "macro-", and "chrono-"systems levels. Finally, it draws implications for assessment, prevention, and intervention strategies.
Descriptors: Intervention, Systems Approach, Homosexuality, At Risk Persons, Minority Groups, Suicide, Youth, Environmental Influences, Prevention, Social Influences, Social Attitudes, Adolescents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United States