A review of suicide, suicidal ideation and preventative interventions in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community

James, Darrel (2023) A review of suicide, suicidal ideation and preventative interventions in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Masters thesis, University of Wales Trinity St David.

2432 James, D. Review of suicide (2023).pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (1MB) | Preview


This paper analyses the levels of suicidality in the LGBT (and QIA+ population where relevant) and examines how to prevent or diminish suicidal ideation, planning, attempted and completed suicides. The research is valuable as the rates of suicidality are significantly higher in the LGBT community than in the general populace which is a serious public health concern. Moreover, the research examines which preventative measures and interventions are effective. The research approach utilised in this dissertation is a systematic literature review. This paper identifies and describes influential books and articles; recurring conclusions, concepts and questions; patterns and trends; gaps in the literature and examines the efficacy of interventions including psychotherapeutic modalities. The literature review is structured thematically around the research question “What is the incidence of suicidality in the LGBT community and an exploration of the risks and preventative measures.” Minority Stress Theory and The Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide are analysed and critiqued. These theories have been widely cited as explaining the higher level of suicidality in minority sexual and gender communities although both theories have their limitations. Most of the research focuses on adolescents and young adults as there is a paucity of research in respect of older LGBT individuals. The review confirmed that there are several areas where further research is needed and suggests changes to clinical practice.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: LGBT suicide LGBT attempted suicide Causes of LGBT suicide Minority Discrimination Suicide prevention
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: Darrel James
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2023 14:32
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2023 14:32
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/2432

Administrator Actions (login required)

Edit Item - Repository Staff Only Edit Item - Repository Staff Only