Navigation Links
Student Suicide May Spur Similar Thoughts in Teens
Date:5/21/2013

TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- When a classmate commits suicide, teens are more likely to consider or attempt suicide themselves, according to a new study. This "suicide contagion" occurs regardless of whether the teens knew the deceased student personally, the researchers found.

Teens aged 12 and 13 are particularly vulnerable, according to the study by Dr. Ian Colman, Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Epidemiology, and Sonja Swanson, of the Harvard School of Public Health. The study appeared May 21 in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Since the effects of exposure to suicide can linger for two years or more, the researchers said, the study findings have implications for suicide-prevention strategies.

"We found that exposure to suicide predicts suicidality. This was true for all age groups, although exposure to suicide increased the risk most dramatically in the youngest age group, when baseline suicidality was relatively low," the researchers wrote. "Perhaps any exposure to a peer's suicide is relevant, regardless of the proximity to the [deceased person]. It may be best for [post-suicide] strategies to include all students rather than targeting close friends."

In conducting the study, the researchers examined data on more than 22,000 teens aged 12 to 17 from a Canadian national survey of children and youth.

Students aged 14 and 15 exposed to a classmate's suicide were almost three times as likely to have suicidal thoughts. Those aged 16 and 17 were twice as likely to contemplate suicide. By this age, the researchers found, nearly one-quarter of teens had a classmate commit suicide and 20 percent knew someone personally who took their own life.

The effects of the suicide contagion, however, were strongest among younger students. The study found that 12- and 13-year-olds exposed to suicide were five times more likely to have suicidal thoughts. Among these younger students, nearly 8 percent also attempted suicide after a classmate's suicide, compared with about 2 percent not exposed to the suicide of a peer.

"Our findings support school- or community-wide interventions over strategies targeting those who personally knew the [deceased person]," the researchers said. "Allocating resources following an event may be especially important during earlier adolescence, and schools and communities should be aware of an increased risk for at least two years following a suicide event."

Dr. India Bohanna, of the School of Public Health at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, wrote in a commentary accompanying the study in the CMAJ that the study "provides convincing evidence that, among young people, exposure to suicide is a risk factor for future suicidal behavior. This is extremely important because it tells us that everyone who is exposed to suicide should be considered when [post-suicide] strategies are developed."

More information

Visit the American Psychological Association to learn more about teen suicide.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association Journal, news release, May 21, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Robert Korwin DMD, and Susan Korwin Life Coach and Author, Present to Students at West New York Middle School Career Day
2. AGA Student Research Fellowships enable 30 young investigators to further their research careers
3. Florida Hospital Tampa Partners with Hillsborough County Public Schools Offering Health Educational Programs and Support to Students
4. Alvernia Nursing Students Offer “Worlds Intersect” Cultural Luncheon
5. Students diet and physical activity improve with parent communications
6. Loyola Students’ Anti-Bullying Campaign Wins University’s Eighth National Bateman Competition Title
7. Impact with Martin Sheen Reporting on New Ways to Help Students with Learning disorders
8. PolyU Students Show Prowess in UAV Design Competition
9. PolyU and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences Launch Joint PhD Supervision Scheme for Management Students
10. Obese students childbearing risk varies with high school obesity rates
11. Grid Earth Project Brings Light to the Jungle School Students in Guatemala
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Student Suicide May Spur Similar Thoughts in Teens
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... Nightingale College continues the semiannual Give Back Day ... time Nightingale College dedicates to serving and volunteering for organizations that provide indispensable resources ... or those that need a little extra help. , The College’s Give Back ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... Cirrus Medical Staffing, one of the ... http://www.cirrusmedicalstaffing.com . The new site pairs a robust job search with a visually ... traveling on short-term assignments to healthcare facilities around the country. , “We built ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... ... has returned home to Indiana, and is now seeing patients at Boling Vision ... that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, medical retina, high-technology ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... Silicon Valley Hair Institute, a ... blog archive organized month-by-month. The new rotation of archived blog posts can provide a ... searching information about hair transplantation can review details online and then reach out for ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... TSC Advantage ... - for Risk Management Solution Innovations and Security Solution for Government Innovations. Both ... in 2017 and its DHS SAFETY Act-designated enterprise security assessment approach. , The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/7/2017)... , Aug. 7, 2017 Zimmer Biomet Holdings, ... healthcare, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved ... the third quarter of 2017. ... paid on or about October 27, 2017 to stockholders of ... 2017.  Future declarations of dividends are subject to approval of ...
(Date:8/7/2017)...  Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ) ... all known U.S. mesh product liability claims and that ... remaining U.S. claims at reasonable values. Under the agreements, ... quarter of 2017 and continuing through the fourth quarter ... results, the Company intends to increase its mesh product ...
(Date:8/3/2017)... 2017  Opioid addiction and other drugs of abuse, ... and threatening outcomes, were problems taken on directly as ... that support them, met this week. This according to ... drugs of abuse, procalcitonin and acute kidney injury were ... 69th meeting in San Diego, CA. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: