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Adolescent suicide attempts decrease after passage of same-sex marriage laws

February 20, 2017

Recent findings suggest that implementation of same-sex marriage policies reduced suicide attempts among adolescent sexual minorities.

“Prior research suggests an association between same-sex marriage policies and mental health. Use of and expenditures on mental health care significantly decreased among men who have sex with men in the year following legalization of same-sex marriage relative to the year prior in Massachusetts. The effect was not dependent on partnership status, suggesting that same-sex marriage policies may have broad effects on the mental health of sexual minorities beyond the direct benefits of partnership or marriage,” Julia Raifman, ScD, postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and colleagues wrote. “Hatzenbuehler and colleagues also found that psychiatric disorders increased among adults who were sexual minorities after same-sex marriage was banned in 16 states.”

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February 16, 2017
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February 8, 2017
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February 6, 2017
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FDA approves sNDA for Latuda to treat adolescent schizophrenia

January 31, 2017
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January 24, 2017
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January 19, 2017
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January 18, 2017
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January 17, 2017
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