Adoption as a Risk Factor in Youth Suicide
This poster presented evidence from Australia which showed that adopted young people are greatly over-represented among youth suicides. It was argued that adopted people often experience a sense of alienation & that this may be intensified during adolescence when the process of identity formation is taking place. This could place these teens at greater risk of psychological disturbances which could lead to suicide. Caregivers need to recognize & address the unique issues of adopted young people.