Precipitating events in adolescent suicidal crises: Exploring stress-reactive and nonreactive risk profiles

Ryan M. Hill, Jeremy W. Pettit, Kelly L. Green, Sharon T. Morgan, Dawnelle J. Schatte

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Abstract

Factors distinguishing adolescents who experienced a precipitating event in the week preceding a suicidal crisis from those who did not were examined. Among 130 suicidal inpatients (mean age = 15.01 years), those who experienced a precipitating event reported significantly lower depressive symptom scores, better perceived problem solving, less suicidal intent, and a lower rate of prior suicide attempts than those without a precipitating event. Levels of trait impulsivity, suicidal ideation, and current attempt status did not differentiate groups. Findings provide preliminary evidence consistent with at least two possible pathways to a suicidal crisis. Clinical implications and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-21
Number of pages11
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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