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Suicidal behavior and risk factors among runaway youths.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8417550     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to describe suicide attempts and risk factors among runaway adolescents. METHOD: A structured interview format was used to assess suicidal behavior and suicide-related risk factors among a consecutive series of 576 predominantly black or Hispanic runaway adolescents at intake into four publicly funded runaway programs in New York City over a 2-year period. There were no significant differences in age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, or socioeconomic status among the adolescents at the four runaway program sites. RESULTS: Thirty-seven percent of the youths had previously attempted suicide, and 44% of the attempters had made an attempt within the previous month. Females were significantly more likely than males to have attempted suicide and to be depressed. Male runaways were far more likely to have attempted suicide than nonrunaway male adolescents described in previously published reports. Runaways with histories of attempting suicide were significantly more likely to be currently suicidal and depressed. CONCLUSIONS: This study indicates the need for systematic screening of runaway adolescents for suicidal ideation at residential shelters for youths.
Authors:
M J Rotheram-Borus
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of psychiatry     Volume:  150     ISSN:  0002-953X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1993 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-01-26     Completed Date:  1993-01-26     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370512     Medline TA:  Am J Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  103-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Affiliation:
Division of Child Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adolescent Behavior
Alcoholism / epidemiology
Continental Population Groups
Female
Humans
Male
Mental Disorders / epidemiology
Prevalence
Recurrence
Risk Factors
Runaway Behavior*
Sex Factors
Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
Suicide, Attempted / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*

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