Navigation Links
Many Suicidal Teens Make First Try Before High School
Date:11/30/2011

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- About 40 percent of young adults who've attempted suicide made their first attempt before high school, which suggests that suicidal thoughts and behavior may begin much younger than previously believed, according to a new study.

As part of an ongoing survey, University of Washington researchers asked almost 900 young adults, ages 18 or 19, about their history of suicide attempts.

Nearly 9 percent (78) of the participants said they had attempted suicide at some point. Of those, 40 percent said they made their first attempt before they started high school.

Rates of attempted suicide jumped at around the sixth grade (about age 12) and peaked around eighth or ninth grade. Of the 39 participants who reported multiple suicide attempts, their first attempt was much earlier (as young as age 9) than those who made a single attempt.

The study also found that suicide attempts during childhood and adolescence were linked to higher depression scores at the times of the attempts.

"This suggests that kids are able to tell us, by their depression scores, that things aren't going well for them," lead author James Mazza, a professor of educational psychology, said in a university news release. "We're likely not giving kids enough credence in assessing their own mental health, and this study shows that we can rely on self-report measures to help identify youth who may be at risk for current mental health concerns, including possible suicidal behavior."

Mazza said the study reveals that young adults "who end up having chronic mental health problems show their struggles early," and the findings suggest "that implementation of mental health programs may need to start in elementary and middle schools, and that youth in these grades are fairly good reporters of their own mental health."

The study appears in the November issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

According to background information from the researchers, about one in nine youths attempts suicide by the time they graduate from high school.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about suicide.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Washington, news release, Nov. 28, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study highlights issues faced by friends and family of the suicidal
2. CAMH study confirms genetic link to suicidal behavior
3. Few Suicidal Teens Get the Help They Need
4. Study finds over 70 percent of suicidal teens dont get the mental health services they need
5. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia can reduce suicidal ideation
6. Parents Divorce May Contribute to Suicidal Thoughts Years Later
7. Parental divorce linked to suicidal thoughts
8. Biological changes in suicidal patients
9. Test May Measure Suicidal Tendencies
10. Measuring the suicidal mind
11. Counseling Suicidal Clients by Andrew Reeves
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Many Suicidal Teens Make First Try Before High School
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) will present the ... Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s Annual Symposium ... a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award is presented to ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Hair Restoration, has recently contributed a medical article to the newly revamped ... Dr. Mohebi’s article spotlights the hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... On Saturday, ... a treadmill relay – Miles by Moonlight to raise money for the American Heart ... or more. , Teams will work together to keep their treadmills moving for ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... In the ... a year. In some states—like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Virginia, Connecticut, ... retirement havens have extremely low property-tax rates, which contributes to the relatively lower ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Vodori, Inc., ... promotional review platform at the Promotional Review Committee Compliance and Best Practices ... streamline the medical, legal, and regulatory review (MLR) process – which ensures ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/28/2017)... , Sept. 28, 2017 Cohen Veterans Bioscience ... the use of wearable and home sensors for real-time ... Early Signal Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on disruptive ... provide an affordable analytical system to record and integrate ... ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... --  Montrium , an industry leader in powerful ... Trial Master Files & Inspection Readiness Conference ( ... Services has selected eTMF Connect to ... a leading European contract research organization (CRO), will ... enable greater collaboration with sponsors, improve compliance and ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... Md. , Sept. 22, 2017  As the ... Republican Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and ... Information notes that the medical device industry is in ... medical device tax, the 2.3% excise tax on medical ... But they also want covered patients, increased visits and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: