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Suicide risk and resiliency among sexual minority youth: Implications for professional counselors

Beverly, William D and Aasland, Edle (2013) Suicide risk and resiliency among sexual minority youth: Implications for professional counselors. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal, 4. pp. 28-43.

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While adolescents in general are at risk for suicidal thoughts and behavior, research has shown that sexual minority youth are especially vulnerable. This elevated suicide risk is due in part to the presence of various risk factors, such as social discrimination, victimization, and increased rates of psychological and emotional distress. However, despite this heightened risk for suicidal ideation and self-harm, there is a growing body of literature regarding wellness and strengths among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and research has shown that these client strengths are correlated with successful counseling outcomes. Professional counselors are encouraged to be aware of both risk and wellness factors when working with sexual minority youth. Awareness of these factors can be used to prevent and reduce serious psychopathology, and also to promote resiliency and growth in the lives of LGBT youth.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is published annually and dedicated to publishing refereed articles related to professional counseling in general and issues and counseling approaches that focus on wellness and personal adjustment. Publication priority was given to current Masters and Doctoral students from CACREP-accredited Counseling Programs with active Chi Sigma Iota Chapters. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is the official publication of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Northern Arizona University.
Keywords: wellness, suicide, sexual minority, youth, counseling, resiliency, risk, LGBT
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Department/Unit: Journals > Counseling and Wellness Journal
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2016 22:17
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2645

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