Archives of Suicide Research

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 243–248 | Cite as

Reasons for living in homosexual and heterosexual young adults

  • Jameson K. Hirsch
  • Jon B. Ellis


For researchers, suicide is a major concern in young adults. The additional stressors that may be present for gay or lesbian individuals may promote less adaptive characteristics than in heterosexual individuals. Gay and lesbian and heterosexual subjects completed the Reasons for Living Inventory (RFL) to determine levels of adaptive characteristics that may prevent suicidal behaviors. Results indicated that gay men and lesbian women endorsed less reasons for living than did heterosexual individuals. This reduced level of coping skills may be a result of increased responsibilities, demands, and stressors associated with choosing a homosexual lifestyle.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jameson K. Hirsch
    • 1
  • Jon B. Ellis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson CityU.S.A

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