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Am J Psychiatry. 1985 Sep;142(9):1061-4.

Psychological autopsy of completed suicide in children and adolescents.

Abstract

A psychological autopsy of 20 children and adolescents aged 12-19 years who had committed suicide and a matched-pair control group revealed that 85% of the victims and 18% of the control subjects had expressed suicidal ideation. A statistically significant number of the victims had a history of suicide threats (55%), suicide attempts (40%), drug or alcohol abuse (70%), antisocial behavior (70%), or inhibited personality (65%). Suicidal behavior of parents, relatives, or friends and a parental history of emotional problems and absence or abusiveness were also significant factors for the victims.

PMID:
4025622
DOI:
10.1176/ajp.142.9.1061
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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