A new study reveals that teens and young adults who hail from troubled backgrounds have a greater risk of committing suicide. For purposes of the study, the researchers followed participants to the age of 24 years.
– Exposure to parental mental health problems, parental criminal behavior and suicide in the family predisposes kids to committing suicide.
– Childhood adversities that serve as indicators include death in the family, household receiving public assistance, parental criminality, parental substance abuse, parental psychiatric disorder, parental separation/single-parent household, and residential instability.
– The risk of suicide was particularly high among children who undergo two or more childhood adversities.
The findings emphasize the importance of understanding the social mechanisms of suicide and the need for effective interventions early in life aimed at alleviating the suicide risk in disadvantaged children.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
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