Childhood Suicidal Behavior
Pfeffer C R
The childhood suicide rate (5-14 years old) more than doubled from 1968 to 1989. This overview article notes that childhood behavior may be associated with serious social consequences, with the suicide risk persisting as the children get older. Risk factors & psychiatric symptoms are described. It is important to prevent early-onset suicidal behavior & develop effective treatments for children who report suicidal behavior. The child’s family situation must be included in research.