Peer Reviewed

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Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-5-2015

Keywords

Emerging adult, minority group, nonsuicidal self-injury, public health, suicide

Funder/Sponsor

Health Research Board of Ireland. Health Research Board Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Award. RCSI Alumni Summer Studentship Award.

Comments

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Power, E., Coughlan, H., Clarke, M., Kelleher, I., Lynch, F., Connor, D., Fitzpatrick, C., Harley, M. and Cannon, M. (2015), Nonsuicidal self-injury, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts among sexual minority youth in Ireland during their emerging adult years. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/eip.12249. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving."

Abstract

AIM: This study aimed to examine whether or not sexual minority youth constitute an at-risk group for nonsuicidal self-injury, suicidal ideation or suicide attempts during their emerging adult years.

METHODS: Using data from the Challenging Times Study, a population-based study of psychopathology and suicide in Ireland, analyses were conducted to test the associations between sexual minority status and the odds of any lifetime experience of nonsuicidal self-injury, suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts among Irish youth aged 19-24 years.

RESULTS: Sexual minority youth had 6.6-fold (95% CI 1.7-24.7) increased risk of nonsuicidal self-injury, a 5.0-fold (95% CI 1.3-18.3) increased risk of suicidal ideation, a 7.7-fold (95% CI 1.8-32.0) increased risk of suicide intent and a 6.8-fold (95% CI 1.6-27.6) increased risk of a suicide attempt during their lifetime compared to their heterosexual peers.

CONCLUSIONS: This study shows that emerging adulthood is a period of risk for suicide and nonsuicidal self-injurious behaviour among sexual minority youth.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychiatry and Psychology

Citation

Power E, Coughlan H, Clarke M, Kelleher I, Lynch F, Connor D, Fitzpatrick C, Harley M, Cannon M. Nonsuicidal self-injury, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts among sexual minority youth in Ireland during their emerging adult years. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. 2016;10(5):441-5

PubMed ID

25962582

DOI Link

10.1111/eip.12249

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