Adolescents exposed to suicidal behavior of others: Prevalence of self-harm and associated psychological, lifestyle, and life event factors

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Abstract

Exposure to suicidal behavior of others was examined among 3,881 Irish adolescents in the Child and Adolescent Self-harm in Europe (CASE) study. One third of the sample had been exposed to suicidal behavior, and exposed adolescents were eight times more likely to also report own self-harm. Exposed adolescents shared many risk factors with those reporting own self-harm. Those reporting both exposure and own self-harm presented the most maladaptive profile on psychological, life event, and lifestyle domains, but neither anxiety nor depression distinguished this group. Exposed adolescents are burdened by a wide range of risk factors and in need of support. © 2013 The American Association of Suicidology.

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McMahon, E. M., Corcoran, P., Keeley, H., Perry, I. J., & Arensman, E. (2013). Adolescents exposed to suicidal behavior of others: Prevalence of self-harm and associated psychological, lifestyle, and life event factors. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 43(6), 634–645. https://doi.org/10.1111/sltb.12045

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