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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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January 11, 2017
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January 10, 2017
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Exercise may prevent depression in middle childhood

January 9, 2017
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FDA grants orphan drug status to ganaxolone for Fragile X syndrome

January 6, 2017
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Child abuse in US Army may be severely underreported

January 5, 2017
Recent findings indicated that approximately 20% of child abuse cases among dependents of U.S. Army soldiers were linked to a Family Advocacy Program…

HHS: Eight states to participate in demonstration behavioral health programs

January 3, 2017
The HHS has selected eight states that cover a wide geographical swath of the country for a demonstration program aiming to increase access to high…

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Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services January 2017 CNE Activity

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