Adolescents exposed to suicidal behavior of others: prevalence of self-harm and associated psychological, lifestyle, and life event factors

Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2013 Dec;43(6):634-45. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12045. Epub 2013 Jul 15.


Exposure to suicidal behavior of others was examined among 3,881 Irish adolescents in the Child and Adolescent Self-harm in Europe (CASE) study. One third of the sample had been exposed to suicidal behavior, and exposed adolescents were eight times more likely to also report own self-harm. Exposed adolescents shared many risk factors with those reporting own self-harm. Those reporting both exposure and own self-harm presented the most maladaptive profile on psychological, life event, and lifestyle domains, but neither anxiety nor depression distinguished this group. Exposed adolescents are burdened by a wide range of risk factors and in need of support.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Life Change Events
  • Life Style*
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Self Concept
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / epidemiology*
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / psychology
  • Suicidal Ideation*
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires