Sexual Orientation, Marginalization and Youth Suicide

Gerard Sullivan

Recent reports suggest nearly 30% of same-sex attracted youths attempt suicide. This paper focuses on the cultural context of suicide, asking how it comes to be constructed as an option for young people experiencing harassment due to sexual orientation. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 41 young people, teachers, youth counsellors, parents and community leaders in \"Subcity,\" a group of suburbs on the fringe of an Australian city, about the issue of youth and suicide. Scenarios were designed to focus and stimulate discussion related to topical or key issues in the literature on youth suicide in Australia. 

 

Conflict of Interest: None disclosed
Financial Support/Funding: Australian Research Council
Sydney Australia, April 2007

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Gerard Sullivan

Education, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Co-authors: Heidi Gilchrist
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