Adolescent suicide risk: four psychosocial factors

Adolescence. 2004 Summer;39(154):295-302.


Suicide is a leading cause of death among adolescents. This study examined the suicidal ideation, behavior, and attempt history of 100 adolescents ages seventeen to nineteen. Four psychosocial factors were found to be important for overall suicide risk: hopelessness, hostility, negative self-concept, and isolation. It is suggested that focusing on these four psychosocial factors would enhance suicide assessment and prevention efforts with adolescents.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude to Death
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Social Support
  • Suicide / prevention & control
  • Suicide / psychology*
  • Suicide, Attempted