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NCJ Number: NCJ 240492     Find in a Library
Title: Association of Family Risk Factors with Suicidality Among Adolescent Primary Care Patients
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Author(s): Erica Miller ; Courtney McCullough ; Jeffrey G. Johnson
  Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:27  Issue:6  Dated:August 2012  Pages:523 to 529
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 7
  Annotation: This study examined the association of family conflict and family cohesion with adolescent suicidality.
Abstract: Recent evidence suggesting that adolescent suicidality has increased over the past decade has emphasized the importance of assessing contributory psychosocial risk factors. This present study has examined the association of family conflict and family cohesion with adolescent suicidality. Data was collected from a multisite sample of 195 adolescent primary care patients using the Family Environment Survey (FES) and the Scale for Suicidal Ideation (BSI). Results indicated that family cohesion was significantly and inversely associated with suicidality (r=-.3904, p less than.001) and that family conflict was significantly and positively associated with suicidality (r=.3899, p less than .001). All (100 percent) of the adolescents with BSI scores indicative of elevated risk for suicidal behavior reported above-median levels of family conflict. Reports of suicidality were particularly elevated among adolescents who reported high family conflict and low family cohesion. These findings suggest that it may be important to assess suicidality among adolescents reporting high family conflict and low family cohesion. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.
Main Term(s): Parent-Child Relations
Index Term(s): Behavioral and Social Sciences ; Surveys ; Home environment ; Suicide causes
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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