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Research Letter
May 26, 2020

Prevalence of Bullying Among Youth Classified as LGBTQ Who Died by Suicide as Reported in the National Violent Death Reporting System, 2003-2017

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2Department of Epidemiology, UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles
  • 3Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Pediatr. Published online May 26, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0940

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth are more likely to be bullied and to report suicidal thoughts and behaviors than non–LGBTQ youth.1 Whether bullying is a more common antecedent among LGBTQ youth who die by suicide, however, is unknown. We investigated this question using postmortem records from the 2003-2017 National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS).

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