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Prevalence and Family-Related Factors Associated With Suicidal Ideation, Suicide Attempts, Self-injury in Children Aged 9 to 10 Years [jamanetwork.com]

 

By Danielle C. DeVille, Diana Whalen, Florence J. Breslin, et al., February 7, 2020

Key Points 

Question How common is suicidality among preadolescent children, and are certain family factors associated with children’s suicidality?

Findings In a cross-sectional analysis of 11 814 children and their caregivers from the baseline sample from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study, the prevalence of suicidal ideation and behaviors among preadolescent children was higher than previously estimated. Family conflict and low parental monitoring were associated with children’s suicidality after statistically controlling for relevant sociodemographic and clinical variables.

Meaning These findings highlight the association between family factors and children’s suicidal ideation and behaviors.

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