Adolescents who attempt suicide

J Pediatr. 1977 Apr;90(4):636-8. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(77)80389-2.


A suicide prevention program for teen-agers was established and at the completion of the first two years a review of the data was undertaken. A group of 65 adolescents who attempted suicide were identified in that time period. The median age group was 16 years, and 75% were girls. Ingestion was the predominant method used in these suicidal attempts. The major characteristics of these youngsters included long-term family disruption, social isolation, and academic difficulties. A subgroup of 25 adolescents received psychologic tests. When compared to a matched control group there was a significantly higher rate of minimal brain dysfunction for those adolescents who attempted suicide.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Adolescent*
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / complications
  • Child
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Social Isolation
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Suicide, Attempted*