Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: While I agree with Dr Brobow that
bisexual and homosexual teenagers are at greater risk for suicide attempts,
2 points remain unclear.
First, it is not known whether bisexual or homosexual teenagers complete
suicide more frequently than do heterosexual teenagers. It is known, however,
that previous attempts are a risk factor for future attempts and completed
suicide. A second and more interesting question that Bobrow raises is which
specific interventions for this unique population might effectively reduce
the high rate of attempts. Given the paucity of effective interventions for
youth in general, this area of research is particularly compelling and will
require innovative and creative approaches.
Zametkin AJ. Sexual Orientation and Suicide Risk Among Teenagers—Reply. JAMA. 2002;287(10):1265-1266. doi:10.1001/jama.287.10.1261