Victimisation and psychosocial difficulties associated with sexual orientation concerns: a school-based study of adolescents.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559228
Title:
Victimisation and psychosocial difficulties associated with sexual orientation concerns: a school-based study of adolescents.
Authors:
Cotter, P; Corcoran, P; McCarthy, J; O'Suilleabháin, F; Carli, V; Hoven, C; Wasserman, C; Sarchiapone, M; Wasserman, D; Keeley, H
Citation:
Victimisation and psychosocial difficulties associated with sexual orientation concerns: a school-based study of adolescents., 107 (10):310-3 Ir Med J
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
Nov-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559228
PubMed ID:
25551899
Abstract:
This study examined victimisation, substance misuse, relationships, sexual activity, mental health difficulties and suicidal behaviour among adolescents with sexual orientation concerns in comparison to those without such concerns. 1112 Irish students (mean age 14 yrs) in 17 mixed-gender secondary schools completed a self-report questionnaire with standardised scales and measures of psychosocial difficulties. 58 students (5%) reported having concerns regarding their sexual orientation. Compared with their peers, they had higher levels of mental health difficulties and a markedly-increased prevalence of attempted suicide (29% vs. 2%), physical assault (40% vs. 8%), sexual assault (16%vs. 1%) and substance misuse. Almost all those (90%) with sexual orientation concerns reported having had sex compared to just 4% of their peers. These results highlight the significant difficulties associated with sexual orientation concerns in adolescents in Ireland. Early and targeted interventions are essential to address their needs.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This study examined victimisation, substance misuse, relationships, sexual activity, mental health difficulties and suicidal behaviour among adolescents with sexual orientation concerns in comparison to those without such concerns. 1112 Irish students (mean age 14yrs) in 17 mixed-gender secondary schools completed a self-report questionnaire with standardised scales and measures of psychosocial difficulties. 58 students (5%) reported having concerns regarding their sexual orientation. Compared with their peers, they had higher levels of mental health difficulties and a markedly-increased prevalence of attempted suicide (29% vs. 2%), physical assault (40% vs. 8%), sexual assault (16% vs. 1%) and substance misuse. Almost all those (90%) with sexual orientation concerns reported having had sex compared to just 4% of their peers. These results highlight the significant difficulties associated with sexual orientation concerns in adolescents in Ireland. Early and targeted interventions are essential to address their needs.
Keywords:
BULLYING; MENTAL HEALTH; SEXUAL ORIENTATION; LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER
Local subject classification:
LGBT
MeSH:
Adolescent; Adolescent Behavior; Alcohol Drinking; Bullying; Female; Humans; Interpersonal Relations; Male; Sexual Behavior; Students; Suicidal Ideation
ISSN:
0332-3102

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCotter, Pen
dc.contributor.authorCorcoran, Pen
dc.contributor.authorMcCarthy, Jen
dc.contributor.authorO'Suilleabháin, Fen
dc.contributor.authorCarli, Ven
dc.contributor.authorHoven, Cen
dc.contributor.authorWasserman, Cen
dc.contributor.authorSarchiapone, Men
dc.contributor.authorWasserman, Den
dc.contributor.authorKeeley, Hen
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-08T10:53:54Zen
dc.date.available2015-07-08T10:53:54Zen
dc.date.issued2014-11en
dc.identifier.citationVictimisation and psychosocial difficulties associated with sexual orientation concerns: a school-based study of adolescents., 107 (10):310-3 Ir Med Jen
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102en
dc.identifier.pmid25551899en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/559228en
dc.descriptionThis study examined victimisation, substance misuse, relationships, sexual activity, mental health difficulties and suicidal behaviour among adolescents with sexual orientation concerns in comparison to those without such concerns. 1112 Irish students (mean age 14yrs) in 17 mixed-gender secondary schools completed a self-report questionnaire with standardised scales and measures of psychosocial difficulties. 58 students (5%) reported having concerns regarding their sexual orientation. Compared with their peers, they had higher levels of mental health difficulties and a markedly-increased prevalence of attempted suicide (29% vs. 2%), physical assault (40% vs. 8%), sexual assault (16% vs. 1%) and substance misuse. Almost all those (90%) with sexual orientation concerns reported having had sex compared to just 4% of their peers. These results highlight the significant difficulties associated with sexual orientation concerns in adolescents in Ireland. Early and targeted interventions are essential to address their needs.en
dc.description.abstractThis study examined victimisation, substance misuse, relationships, sexual activity, mental health difficulties and suicidal behaviour among adolescents with sexual orientation concerns in comparison to those without such concerns. 1112 Irish students (mean age 14 yrs) in 17 mixed-gender secondary schools completed a self-report questionnaire with standardised scales and measures of psychosocial difficulties. 58 students (5%) reported having concerns regarding their sexual orientation. Compared with their peers, they had higher levels of mental health difficulties and a markedly-increased prevalence of attempted suicide (29% vs. 2%), physical assault (40% vs. 8%), sexual assault (16%vs. 1%) and substance misuse. Almost all those (90%) with sexual orientation concerns reported having had sex compared to just 4% of their peers. These results highlight the significant difficulties associated with sexual orientation concerns in adolescents in Ireland. Early and targeted interventions are essential to address their needs.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Irish medical journalen
dc.subjectBULLYINGen
dc.subjectMENTAL HEALTHen
dc.subjectSEXUAL ORIENTATIONen
dc.subjectLESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDERen
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten
dc.subject.meshAdolescent Behavioren
dc.subject.meshAlcohol Drinkingen
dc.subject.meshBullyingen
dc.subject.meshFemaleen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshInterpersonal Relationsen
dc.subject.meshMaleen
dc.subject.meshSexual Behavioren
dc.subject.meshStudentsen
dc.subject.meshSuicidal Ideationen
dc.subject.otherLGBTen
dc.titleVictimisation and psychosocial difficulties associated with sexual orientation concerns: a school-based study of adolescents.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen
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