Reasons for School Absence in Past Month, by Sexual Orientation

Year(s): 2013-2015

ReasonStraightGay / Lesbian / BisexualNot Sure
Didn’t Miss Any School37.2%26.2%38.3%
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)27.6%21.0%24.3%
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry1.4%5.0%2.1%
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep1.7%1.9%1.4%
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.2%0.3%0.3%
Had to Work0.2%0.2%0.4%
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend1.1%1.7%1.9%
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.4%0.4%0.4%
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.3%0.9%0.4%
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.8%0.7%0.7%
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.9%1.2%0.3%
Was Suspended0.4%0.6%1.1%
Other Reason7.7%6.1%10.4%
Two or More Reasons20.3%33.8%18.2%