Friends of adolescent suicide attempters and completers

J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1993 Jan;32(1):76-81. doi: 10.1097/00004583-199301000-00011.


Friends of adolescent suicide attempters and suicide completers were compared with students who had low exposure to suicide on a range of preexposure, concurrent, and outcome variables. Subjects who were friends of both suicide attempters and completers (N = 84) differed significantly from the low-exposure group (N = 554) on most variables examined. Friends of suicide completers only (N = 68) and attempters only (N = 92) did not differ from one another; however, the latter group reported significantly higher levels of current depression and suicidal behavior than the low-exposure group. Greater attention needs to be paid to friends of suicide attempters in the development and evaluation of suicide prevention strategies.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Counseling
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Schools
  • Sex Factors
  • Students / psychology
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Suicide, Attempted / statistics & numerical data*
  • Television