Year: 2010 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.40, no.5, (October 2010), p.451-464 SIEC No: 20101187

Longitudinal categorical data from the Family Transitions Project was used to investigate whether yearly prevalence rates of adolescent suicidal episodes follow different patterns by gender. The sample included 1,248 rural European Americans, ages 11-19. Multiple-group growth models revealed that peak levels of past-year ideation & plans occurred during mid-adolescence for girls, but slowly increased through late adolescence for boys. Prevalence patterns for attempts were very similar for boys & girls, with both increasing through mid-adolescnce & then declining, although girls’ risk declined slightly more rapidly. (23 refs.) JA