ERIC Number: EJ1163922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Suicidality and Intersectionality among Students Identifying as Nonheterosexual and with a Disability
King, Matthew T.; Merrin, Gabriel J.; Espelage, Dorothy L.; Grant, Nickholas J.; Bub, Kristen L.
Exceptional Children, v84 n2 p141-158 Jan 2018
Research about students with disabilities and students identifying as LGBQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or questioning) reveals that both populations report more suicidality and peer victimization and less school connectedness than do their peers. No study has previously examined the intersection of these identities with regard to peer victimization, school connectedness, and suicidality. Using a sample of 11,364 high school students, we examined the relationships among these identities, peer victimization, and school connectedness with suicidal ideation. Compared with their peers without either identity, students identifying with one of these identities reported higher levels of suicidal ideation. School connectedness and peer victimization each moderated the association between identity and suicidal ideation. In addition, students who were victimized more than their peers and who identified both with a disability and as LGBQ (n = 250) reported the highest levels of suicidal ideation. School-based victimization and suicide prevention programs should consider students' multiple identities.
Descriptors: Suicide, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Disabilities, At Risk Students, Victims, Student School Relationship, High School Students, Correlation, Psychological Patterns, Comparative Analysis, Identification (Psychology), Student Surveys, Mental Disorders, Substance Abuse
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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