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J Forensic Psychol Pract. 2016;16(3):169-181. doi: 10.1080/15228932.2016.1172424. Epub 2016 May 10.

Suicidal ideation and attempts among court-involved, non-incarcerated youth.

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Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center/Rhode Island Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 1 Hoppin Street, Suite 204, Providence, RI 02903.


Over the past decade, suicide remains one of the leading causes of death among adolescents and a public health priority. Court-involved non-incarcerated juvenile justice youth frequently present with risk factors for suicide. Among these court-involved youth, 14% (n=50) endorsed a lifetime history of suicide ideation and attempts. Three main factors were associated with increased risk: prior offense, substance use, and childhood sexual abuse histories. This study highlights the importance of understanding suicidal behavior among non-detained juvenile justice populations. Community-based court involvement provides a rare opportunity to coordinate screening and suicide prevention efforts for youth and their families.


adolescents; juvenile justice; mental health; screening; suicide

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