Teens Adopted In Early Childhood May Face Higher Suicide Risk.

MedPage Today (9/9, Walsh) reports that research published in Pediatrics indicated that “teens who were adopted in early childhood had approximately four times the risk for attempted suicide in late adolescence compared with offspring living with their biological parents.” Researchers found, “among 1,165 adolescents whose mean age was 18, the odds ratio for a reported suicide attempt was 4.23 (95% CI 2.06-8.68, P<0.001) for those who were adoptees.” The study indicated that, “even after adjustment for multiple factors that could exacerbate risk, such as psychiatric disorders, family difficulties, and problems in school, the adopted teens still had an almost four-fold increase in risk (OR 3.70, 95% CI 1.70-8.04, P<0.001). Related Links:

— “Adopted Teens Face High Suicide Risk, “Nancy Walsh, MedPage Today, September 9, 2013.

Posted in In The News.