Journal article

Life Stress and Suicide in Adolescents.

Jeremy G Stewart, Grant S Shields, Erika C Esposito, Elizabeth A Cosby, Nicholas B Allen, George M Slavich, Randy P Auerbach

J Abnorm Child Psychol | Published : 2019


Stress exposure is central to theories of suicide. To advance understanding of the relation between stress and suicide, we examined whether specific, theoretically-pertinent life stressors were differentially related to suicidal thinking versus suicidal behaviors among hospitalized adolescents. Participants were 197 (144 female) adolescents aged 13 to 19 years old (M = 15.61, SD = 1.48) recruited from an acute residential psychiatric treatment program. Participants were categorized into mutually exclusive groups: psychiatric controls (n = 38) with no lifetime history of suicide ideation or suicide attempts, suicide ideators (n = 99) with current ideation and no lifetime attempts, and suicide..

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