SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR IN ADOLESCENTS: Stress and Protection in Different Family Contexts

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Abstract

Recent suicidal behavior was reported on a questionnaire by 14% of 272 high school students. Two-thirds of the suicidal teenagers neither received help nor disclosed their self-harm to anyone. Depression and stress—especially family suicidality, feelings of violation, and sexuality—increased the risk, as did parental separation, divorce, and most dramatically, remarriage. Family cohesiveness helped alleviate the risk in the nonintact families.

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