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Citation

Poon CS, Saewyc EM. Am. J. Public Health 2009; 99(1): 118-124.

Affiliation

The McCreary Centre Society, 3552 East Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, V5K 2A7 Canada. colleen@mcs.bc.ca

Copyright

(Copyright © 2009, American Public Health Association)

DOI

10.2105/AJPH.2007.122945

PMID

19008511

PMCID

PMC2636614

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: We compared sexual-minority adolescents living in rural communities with their peers in urban areas in British Columbia, exploring differences in emotional health, victimization experiences, sexual behaviors, and substance use. METHODS: We analyzed a population-based sample of self-identified lesbian, gay, or bisexual respondents from the British Columbia Adolescent Health Survey of 2003 (weighted n=6905). We tested rural-urban differences separately by gender with the chi2 test and logistic regressions. RESULTS: We found many similarities and several differences. Rural sexual-minority adolescent boys were more likely than were their urban peers to report suicidal behaviors and pregnancy involvement. Rural sexual-minority adolescents, especially girls, were more likely to report various types of substance use. Rural status was associated with a lower risk of dating violence and higher risk of early sexual debut for sexual-minority girls and a higher risk of dating violence and lower risk of early sexual debut for sexual-minority boys. CONCLUSIONS: Location should be a demographic consideration in monitoring the health of sexual-minority adolescents. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents in rural communities may need additional support and services as they navigate adolescence.


Language: en

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