The Los Angeles Times (10/23, Healy) “Booster Shots” blog reports that according to a study published online Oct. 22 in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, “a youth aged 10 to 17 who reports that he or she has been victimized by peers in the past year is nearly 2 1/2 times likelier to have suicidal thoughts than an adolescent who reports no recent victimization.”
HealthDay (10/23, Mann) reports, “Youth who were sexually assaulted had 3.4 times the risk of thinking about suicide and those who were maltreated had 4.4 times the risk of suicidal ideation during the past year,” the study of “study of nearly 1,200 children and adolescents (aged 10 to 17)” revealed.
MedPage Today (10/23, Petrochko) reports, “Teens who had been polyvictimized — those exposed to seven or more types of harassment — in the past year were nearly six times as likely to think about suicide (OR 5.81, 95% CI 3.09 to 10.15),” the study found. Notably, “youth suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents in the US, behind auto accidents and homicide, the authors wrote.”
— “Bullying spurs suicidal thoughts – still more if home support lacks, “Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, October 22, 2012.