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How to prevent teen suicide


HOW TO PREVENT TEEN SUICIDE

There is no question homosexually self-identified teenagers are at high risk for suicide attempts and a number of other negative outcomes. While gay activists would have us believe that this is because they suffer from persecution in a homophobic society, the research they use to support this claim paints a very different picture. Even if these adolescents were not gay-identified, they would still fall into the high risk category because of previous sexual abuse, early sexual debut, drug and alcohol problems, and troubled family relationships.

In an article entitled "Risk factors for attempted suicide in gay and bisexual youth" Remafedi, Farrow, and Deisher report on a study which compared gay and bisexual self-identified adolescents who attempted suicide with those who did not. The subjects were 137 gay and bisexual males, aged 14 to 21, 41 (30%) of whom had made at least one suicide attempt:

The attempters were more likely to see themselves as homosexual or bisexual at an earlier age, and to have had sexual experiences at an earlier age.

Only 27% of the attempters reported that their parents were married (vs. 50 of the non-attempters.)

The parents of the attempters were more likely to know they were homosexual. (87% of mothers and 65% of fathers)

61% of the attempters had been sexually abused, (vs. 29% of the non-attempters)

85% of the attempters had used illicit drugs (vs. 63% of non-attempters)

51% of the attempters had been arrested (vs. 28% of non-attempters)

29% of the attempters had been involved in prostitution (vs. 17% of non-attempters)

On the Bem masculinity/femininity classification:

7.3% of the attempters were classified as masculine (vs. 26% of non-attempters)

36.6% of the attempters were classified as feminine (vs. 17.7% of non-attempters)

What does this show?

First, that self-identified homosexual and bisexual adolescents are at high risk, and those who are classified as more "feminine" are at even higher risk for suicide, for drug abuse, for involvement in prostitution, for arrest, and as a result for infection with HIV and other STDs. The earlier they self-identify as homosexual, and the more "out" they are, the greater the risk.

The tragedy is that these negative outcomes could have been avoided. Almost all effeminate boys can be easily identified before they enter school. The condition is called Gender Identity Disorder (GID) and can and should be treated. If it is treated, the symptoms disappear, the child is not subjected to teasing, and normal psycho-sexual development can occur.

Unfortunately, parents concerned about effeminate symptoms are routinely told by pediatricians not to worry or that no treatment is available. In some cases the family is told to expect a homosexual outcome. Teachers can easily identify these boys, yet they are not told of the risks or of the possibility of treatment.

Only about 45% of adult homosexual males have a history of GID, however, about 80% have a history of Chronic Juvenile Unmasculinity (CJU) -- defined as a persistent fear of rough and tumble play. When not accompanied by the symptoms of GID, this condition may not be as strikingly obvious, but such boys can be identified and treatment can be highly successful.

Second, when an adolescent self-identifies as gay or bisexual, the first question that health care professionals and educators need to ask is "Was this child sexually abused?" Sometimes the child may not recognize an early sexual experience as sexual abuse, but see it as a sign that he is homosexual. Sometimes adults may not see the incident as sexual abuse because the abuser is another child or an adolescent. Preventing and treating sexual child abuse can eliminate a number of negative outcomes including self-identification as homosexual and the risks involved. Unfortunately, boys with GID or CJU are more likely to be targeted by pedophiles and therefore at greater risk. The Remafedi study reveals that only 7.3% of the attempters were classified as masculine, but 61% had a history of sexual abuse.

The gay lobby wants to label boys with GID and CJU as pre-homosexual and counsel them and their parents to accept the condition as unchangeable. The gay lobby is pressuring schools to teach that homosexuality is an unchangeable condition, when in fact it is preventable and treatable.

Parents have a right to know the truth and to have access to treatment. Unfortunately, until parents who have watched their son die of AIDS decide to sue the pediatrician and the school for failure to inform and treat, these at-risk boys will continue to be at risk.

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Remafedi, G., Farrow, J., Deisher, R. (1991) Risk factors for attempted suicide in gay and bisexual youth. Pediatrics 87: 869 - 875.


Note:
Under no circumstances will worrying about finding solutions for the suicides of gay and lesbian youth, or of those who are perceived to be, eliminate more than a very small fraction of  teen suicides.
   Teen suicides are a massive problem in all Western nations.  They increased by a factor of about ten in all Western nations during the past 40 years.  The increases in teen suicides involve almost exclusively only boys.  The suicide rates and totals for girls and women experienced no increases during the past 40 years.  It would be absolutely irresponsible of anyone to even insinuate that the massive increases in teen-aged boys'  suicides are due to a increases in the prevalence of  sexual orientation issues in teen-aged youth.
   The Website of Fathers for Life is under censorship as of the time this is being formatted.  The formatted pages from Dale's Disk were being loaded to the Web server of Crosswinds.net and quite possibly were a contributing factor for the censoring.  Crosswinds is being completely unresponsive to any inquiries regarding the censoring.
   However, extensive information on suicide statistics will be available via the Website of Fathers for Life as soon as it is back in operation — bigger, better and more secure —  which should be early in the second half of November 2000.  Future versions of the disk that contain this file will show the appropriate links to let you gain access to that information. —WHS

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