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J Can Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2008 Nov;17(4):197-201.

Previously suicidal adolescents: predictors of six-month outcome.

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  • 1McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Montreal, Quebec. brian.greenfield@muhc.mcgill.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the baseline variables, including borderline personality disorder (BPD), associated with the six-month outcome of previously suicidal adolescents (n=263) presenting to an emergency department and treated predominantly as out-patients.

METHODS:

Multivariate logistic regression was used to analyze the associations between baseline variables and suicidality at six-month follow-up.

RESULTS:

BPD, previous suicide attempt(s), drug use and female gender were associated with subsequent suicidality.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings corroborate previously reported risk factors for recurring suicidality among adolescents and broaden their generalizability to those presenting to an emergency department, many diagnosed with BPD.

KEYWORDS:

adolescence; borderline personality disorder; predictors; prospective; suicide

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