Year: 2002 Source: Crisis, v.23, no.1, (2002), p.17-22 SIEC No: 20020440

This study of 2722 adolescents aged 14-18 years explored whether parental involvement can protect against adolescent suicide attempts. Compared to counterparts suicide attempters were more likely to have been in trouble with the police, to report lower levels of parental interest & academic motivation, & to report suicidal ideation & using alcohol or an illegal drug when they feel stressed. They were also less likely to reside with both parents. The association between parental involvement & suicidal behaviour was not stronger for sons than for daughters or for adolescents who had experienced family disruption than for those who grew up in 2-parent families. (24 refs)