Adolescent victimization and associated suicidal and violent behaviors

Adolescence. Winter 2000;35(140):671-82.


This study examined the relationship between victimization and both suicidal and violent behaviors among 1,569 public high school students in New York State (excluding New York City). They had participated in the 1997 Youth Risk Behavior Survey and, based on their responses, were divided into four groups: no suicidal or violent behavior, suicidal behavior only, violent behavior only, and both suicidal and violent behaviors. Males reported significantly more victimization, less suicidal behavior, and more violent behavior compared with females. Logistic regression analyses indicated that all categories of suicidal/violent behaviors were more frequent among those who had been victimized compared with the nonvictimized, for both males and females. In addition, victimized males were over two times more likely than victimized females to report violent behavior only. Gender differences were not significant for victimized students in two groups, suicidal behavior only and both suicidal and violent behaviors, although the results were in the hypothesized direction for suicidal behavior (e.g., females were more prone to suicidal behavior only). It was concluded that identifying and treating the victims of violence should be an integral component of suicide prevention programs and interventions aimed at reducing interpersonal violence in schools.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Crime Victims / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Schools
  • Students / psychology
  • Suicide, Attempted / prevention & control
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Violence / prevention & control
  • Violence / psychology*