Epidemiology, risk factors, intervention, and prevention of adolescent suicide

Karen M. Rosewater, Barbara H. Burr

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Increasing rates of adolescent suicide are a significant health concern and the third leading cause of death for this age group. Recent research into psychiatric, gender-related, family, cultural and neurobiologic risk factors is reviewed. The effects of suicide exposure and media influences are also examined. Although many risk factors have been identified, the application of this knowledge to clinical practice requires further study. The limited number of studies on prevention and intervention strategies are discussed. High rates of nonadherence to follow-up remain problematic. More research is needed to develop appropriate treatments, prevention programs and outcome measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-343
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Pediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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