Suicidal children grow up: Demographic and clinical risk factors for adolescent suicide attempts
Depressive Disorder, Major
September 11 Terrorist Attacks
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
This longitudinal study reports rates and demographic and clinical risk factors for adolescent suicide attempts during a 6- to 8-year follow-up period of an initial sample of 106 preadolescent and young adolescent psychiatric inpatients and 101 preadolescent and young adolescent nonpatients. Survival analysis was used to evaluate risk for a first suicide attempt in the follow-up period for 133 subjects who were interviewed. No deaths occurred. Suicidal inpatients, compared with nonpatients, had earlier first suicide attempts in the follow-up period. Adolescents who attempted suicide in the follow-up period were seven times more likely to have a mood disorder during the follow-up period than those who did not attempt suicide. Implications for clinical practice and research are discussed.