Year: 1988 Source: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, v.9, no.2, (April 1988), p.86-88 SIEC No: 19901498

Discusses factors assoc. with suicidal behavior in children approx. 3-6 yrs old. Similar suicidal risk factors found in older children, such as depression, preoccupations with death & family instability involving child abuse & other forms of parental psychopathology, are assoc. with suicidal impulses of preschool children. It is suggested that assessment of these risk factors should be included in pediatric & mental health evaluations of such young children. Clinical vignettes are presented.