Year: 1997 Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, v.36, no.11, (Nov.1997), p.1543-51 SIEC No: 19980002

Using a case-control design, 129 young people making serious suicide attempts were compared with 153 randomly selected community controls on a series of life event occurrences in the previous year. Precipitating factors for serious suicide attempts were also examined. The most common precipitants were relationship/interpersonal problems & financial difficulties. However, one-third of attempters were unable to describe any precipitating factor. Attempters had elevated rates of life events.