Year: 2003 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.33, no.1, (Spring 2003), p.74-79 SIEC No: 20040670

This study examined the overall rates of common risk-taking behaviors in a sample of 109 adolescents, aged 13 to 18 years, who made a suicide attempt, compared to a matched control sample of 218 adolescents in the community. No differences in either the total number of risk-taking behaviors or the frequency of individual risk-taking behaviors were found. These findings suggest that suicide attempts in adolescents are not a function of risk-taking behavior. (20 refs)