Year: 2009 Source: School Psychology Review, v.38, no.2, (2009), p.218-232 SIEC No: 20100218

This study examined the extent to which violent behaviour & peer victimization were associated with suicide ideation, plans, & attempts in a nationally representative sample of 11,113 American youth who completed the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Girls were more likely to report suicidal behaviour than were boys. Predictors of suicidal behaviour for both males & females included carrying a weapon, being threatened or injured at school, having property stolen or damaged at school, & getting in a fight. Carrying a weapon & getting in fights in the community were significantly associated with suicidal behaviour for girls. Feeling unsafe in school was predictive of suicidal behaviour for girls, but not for boys. Implications for practice are discussed. (58 refs.)

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