Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 235–257

Where Risks and Protective Factors Operate Differently: Homeless Sexual Minority Youth and Suicide Attempts

  • N. Eugene Walls
  • Cathryn Potter
  • James Van Leeuwen
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10560-009-0172-2

Cite this article as:
Walls, N.E., Potter, C. & Van Leeuwen, J. Child Adolesc Soc Work J (2009) 26: 235. doi:10.1007/s10560-009-0172-2

Abstract

Using a sample of 628 homeless youth and young adults from eight US cities, this study examines whether the relationship between having been in custody of social services and suicide attempts, and the relationship between engaging in survival sex and suicide attempts differ based on sexual orientation. Findings suggest that being in custody of social services is associated with a significant increase in likelihood of suicide attempts for heterosexual youth, it does not, however, significantly change the already increased risk of suicide attempts for sexual minority youth. Engaging in survival sex appears to be associated with increased risks of suicide attempts for both heterosexual and sexual minority youth, but the increase in likelihood is much stronger for heterosexual youth than for sexual minority youth. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.

Keywords

Suicide Gay Lesbian Bisexual Sexual minority Social services custody Child welfare Survival sex Homeless youth 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Eugene Walls
    • 1
  • Cathryn Potter
    • 1
  • James Van Leeuwen
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Social WorkUniversity of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.University of Colorado DenverDenverUSA

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