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GRANADOS-COSME, José Arturo  and  DELGADO-SANCHEZ, Guadalupe. Identity and mental health risks for young gays in Mexico: recreating the homosexual experience. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.24, n.5, pp. 1042-1050. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2008000500011.

In Mexico, mental disorders have displayed a sharp upward trend. Suicidal conduct is one of the most important mental health problems in the young population, with sexual orientation as a risk factor, since homosexuals show higher probability of suicide as compared to heterosexuals. Suicidal conduct is associated with prior health problems such as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, related to predisposing factors like formative experiences with personality. The current study takes a qualitative approach to explore the risk of mental health disorders in homosexuals, associated with suicidal conduct, based on their experience with homophobia in primary and secondary socialization settings. Discourse analysis revealed the relationship interviewees assigned to social rejection of their sexuality and key symptoms of depression (sadness), anxiety (fear), and suicidal conduct (intent and ideation).

Keywords : Male Homossexuality; Sexual Behavior; Mental Health; Depression.

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