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October 1999

Suicide and Sexual OrientationNearing the End of Controversy?

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1999;56(10):885-886. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.56.10.885

OVER THE past 25 years, researchers have reported consistently high rates of suicidality among homosexual persons, particularly among adolescents and young adults.1 Based on the data available at the time, the 1989 Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide concluded that "gay youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to attempt suicide than other young people. They may comprise up to 30% of completed youth suicides annually.''2

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