Year: 2004 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.34, no.4, (Winter 2004), p.395-407 SIEC No: 20050524

The authors attempted to assess whether family demographic characteristics & child aggressive behaviour are equal to or better than child self-reported depressive symptoms in predicting suicidal behaviour. The study revealed that African American children’s self-reports of depressed mood were the most useful in prediciting future suicide attempts, particularly among females. Neither family demographics nor teacher-reported child aggressive behaviour proved equal to child-reported depressive symptoms in predicting later suicide attempts. (39 refs)