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Comparative Study
, 88 (6), 403-8

Risk Factors for Completed Suicide Among Adolescents With a Lifetime History of Substance Abuse: A Case-Control Study

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Comparative Study

Risk Factors for Completed Suicide Among Adolescents With a Lifetime History of Substance Abuse: A Case-Control Study

O G Bukstein et al. Acta Psychiatr Scand.

Abstract

The risk factors for suicide in adolescents with substance abuse were assessed by comparing 23 adolescent suicide victims and 12 community controls with a lifetime history of definite or probable DSM-III substance abuse. Suicide victims were more likely than controls to show the following risk factors: active substance abuse, comorbid major depression, suicidal ideation within the past week, family history of depression and substance abuse, legal problems and presence of a handgun in the home. Recommendations for the identification and prevention of suicide among substance-abusing youth on the basis of these findings are presented.

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