Narrator: This is Science Today. A recent study has found that gay and bisexual men in urban areas attempt suicide at a rate that's three times higher than the overall rate for adult men in this country. Researcher Jay Paul of the University of California, San Francisco, also found that while the percentage of gay men attempting suicide has stayed the same over the past few decades, the initial suicide attempts are occurring at a much younger age.
Paul: In our oldest group the mean age of first suicide attempt was about thirty-seven years, and in our youngest group the mean age was just under seventeen years old. Pretty big difference; pretty powerful difference.
Narrator: The study suggests some reasons for the age drop.
Paul: One thing that we found was that there's been a real increase in peoples' reports of anti-gay harassment, repeated anti-gay harassment or victimization, prior to the age of seventeen.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.