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Health Agencies Update
May 22/29, 2018

Factors Linked to Depression in Sexual Minority Youth

JAMA. 2018;319(20):2068. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.6253

High rates of depressive symptoms among adolescents who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or questioning their sexual orientation are due in large part to cyberbullying, dissatisfaction with family relationships, and unmet medical needs, according to new research from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

The researchers used data from the NEXT Generation Health Study, conducted from 2009 to 2016. The study, published in Pediatrics, assessed depressive symptoms among 2396 high school students from 22 states beginning at age 17 and continuing for 3 years after high school.