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| Published: March 23, 2017

A Narrative Review of the Relationship between Victimization, Depression and Suicide Ideation among Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Individuals

MagtumAnak Aen

Master of Clinical Psychology student, Health Psychology Unit, National University of Malaysia. Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Google Scholar More about the auther

, Norhayatibinti Ibrahim

Senior Lecturer, Health Psychology Unit, National University of Malaysia. Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Google Scholar More about the auther

, NormahbintiChe Din

Associate Professor, Health Psychology Unit, National University of Malaysia. Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.150/20170402

DOI: 10.25215/0402.150

ABSTRACT

Objective: To study the relationship between victimization, depression, and suicide ideation among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals. Methods: From a narrative overview of the literature, synthesizing the findings of the relationship between victimization, depression, and suicide ideation among LGB individuals, from a search of relevant database, 3,685 journal articles were retrieved – of which 16 met the study’s inclusion criteria. Results and Discussion: Victimization represents a highly stressful experience for the individual involved. Individuals perceived as sexual minorities (i.e., gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered) are specific targets of victimization. Compared to their heterosexual counterparts, sexual minority individuals are more likely to report sexual minority-specific victimization. Sexual minorities are more vulnerable to poor mental health outcomes (e.g., the symptoms of depression) than sexual majorities. This is related to LGBT victimization. Sexual minorities are more likely to report having suicide ideation and attempt than heterosexual individuals. This is associated with LGBT victimization. There is a significant relationship between symptoms of depression and the lifetime history of suicide ideation and attempt among LGBT individuals.

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MagtumAnak Aen @ norhayati70@gmail.com

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.01.150/20170402

DOI: 10.25215/0402.150

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Published in   Volume 04, Issue 2, January-March, 2017

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