Year: 2007 Source: Current Psychiatry Reports, v.9, no.6, (December 2007), p.460-466 SIEC No: 20080385

This article reviews evidence suggesting impulsive-aggressive traits are part of a developmental cascade increasing suicide risk among a subset of suicides. These personality traits, which do not appear to be a consequence of psychiatric disorder, seem to play a larger role among younger suicides & may mediate familial transmission of suicidal behaviour. However, not all suicides are associated with impulsive-aggressive behaviours, & a better understanding is needed of the vulnerability of suicide among non-impulsive-aggressive suicide. (49 refs.)