Durban - Gay teenagers were almost five times as likely to show a higher prevalence for suicide-risk behaviour than their heterosexual peers, a research has showed.
The findings showed that one in four or 40 per cent of gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning (LGBQ) adolescents seriously considered, planned or attempted suicide compared to 15 per cent of their heterosexual counterparts.
Nearly a quarter of LGBQ adolescents attempted suicide compared to approximately six per cent of those in the sexual majority.
"The most staggering finding, the one that really makes you think, is just how prevalent these suicide-risk behaviours are in the LGBQ adolescent community," said Theodore L. Caputi, from the University College Cork in Ireland.
"Research has shown that suicide-risk behaviours are an indicator of extreme distress," added Caputi, who was formerly in the University of Pennsylvania.