Adolescent suicide and suicidal behavior

J Child Psychol Psychiatry. Mar-Apr 2006;47(3-4):372-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2006.01615.x.


This review examines the descriptive epidemiology, and risk and protective factors for youth suicide and suicidal behavior. A model of youth suicidal behavior is articulated, whereby suicidal behavior ensues as a result of an interaction of socio-cultural, developmental, psychiatric, psychological, and family-environmental factors. On the basis of this review, clinical and public health approaches to the reduction in youth suicide and recommendations for further research will be discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Ethnic Groups / psychology
  • Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intention
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Motivation
  • Suicide / psychology*
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology
  • Suicide, Attempted / statistics & numerical data