Depression, Suicidal Thoughts Or Attempts May Be Common Among Youth Who Join Gangs, Study Suggests

HealthDay (4/15, Preidt) reported, “Depression and suicidal thoughts or attempts are common among youth who join gangs, and these problems get worse after they join,” the findings of a study published online April 13 in Criminal Justice and Behavior suggest. After analyzing “data from more than 11,000 students in middle schools and high schools across” the US, researchers “found that gang membership was associated with greater levels of depression, a 67 percent increase in suicidal thoughts, and a 104 percent increase in suicide attempts.”

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— “Depression More Common in Kids Who Join Gangs, Study Finds,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, April 15, 2016.

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