Suicidal children grow up: Demographic and clinical risk factors for adolescent suicide attempts Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Bereavement
  • Depressive Disorder, Major
  • Hydrocortisone
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks
  • Spouses
  • 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.

publication date

  • January 1991



  • Academic Article


PubMed ID

  • 1890095

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 609

end page

  • 16


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