Year: 1992 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.149, no.11, (November 1992), p.1585-1586 SIEC No: 19920907

Association of psychotic symptoms with suicidal behaviour was studied in 90 hospitalized prepubertal children. Children with psychotic symptoms were more likely to have threatened or attempted suicide. The association of visual hallucinations with suicidal behaviour was stronger than that of auditory hallucinations or psychotic ideation. The authors speculate that psychosis in general & visual hallucinations especially may be indicators of suicide risk among children. (5 refs.)