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Emergency Department Youth Patients With Suicidal Ideation or Attempts: Predicting Suicide Attempts Through 18Months of Follow-Up

Joan Rosenbaum Asarnow, Michele Berk, Lily Zhang, Peter Wang, Lingqi Tang

SUICIDE AND LIFE-THREATENING BEHAVIOR | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

This prospective study of suicidal emergency department (ED) patients (ages 10-18) examined the timing, cumulative probability, and predictors of suicide attempts through 18 months of follow-up. The cumulative probability of attempts was as follows: .15 at 6 months, .22 at 1 year, and .24 by 18 months. One attempt was fatal, yielding a death rate of .006. Significant predictors of suicide attempt risk included a suicide attempt at ED presentation (vs. suicidal ideation only), nonsuicidal self-injurious behavior, and low levels of delinquent symptoms. Results underscore the importance of both prior suicide attempts and nonsuicidal self-harm as risk indicators for future and potentially lethal..

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