Common risk factors in adolescent suicide attempters revisited.

Research paper by J J Laederach, W W Fischer, P P Bowen, F F Ladame

Indexed on: 12 Jun '99Published on: 12 Jun '99Published in: Crisis


The principle risk factors for suicide attempts in adolescents discussed in the literature are examined on the basis of data from a study carried out at the Geneva University Hospitals. 148 adolescents aged between 15 and 19 years form the sample. The results concerning mental disorders at the time of the suicide attempt confirm the clear predominance of affective disorder as well as the elevated frequency of comorbidity. Other main risk factors include suicidal behavior in family members and among acquaintances, poor state of health, poor integration into school or professional life, as well as sexual abuse.