Suicidal ideation and self-harm behavior in a community sample of preadolescent youth: A case-control study.
Giannetta, M.~~Betancourt, L.~~et al.
Research has focused on understanding risk factors associated with suicidal ideation and self-harm behaviors in older youth, but less is known regarding these behaviors in preadolescents. We examined characteristics associated with suicidal ideation and self-harm behavior in youth aged 10Ð13 years. Twenty-three subjects endorsing items regarding suicidal ideation or self-harm behaviors (Achenbach’s Youth Self-Report) (endorsers) were matched with 23 non-endorsers. Groups were compared on problem behaviors, impulsivity, neurocognitive function, risk behaviors, and other variables. In this study, preadolescent endorsers report significantly more problem behaviors than non-endorsers. However, parental monitoring and parent report of problems were similar between groups. Given these findings, we suggest that at-risk youth may be underrecognized at young ages.
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