Violence among young men: The importance of a gender-specific developmental approach to adolescent male suicide and homicide

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Abstract

Suicide and homicide are much more commonly committed by adolescent males than females. Herein, a proposal in favor of gender-specific understanding and approach to these violent behaviors is presented. Social and healthcare service system factors, including issues of male adolescents' access to care and help-seeking behaviors, are reviewed alongside the epidemiology of adolescent suicide and homicide as a transition into a detailed discussion of the putative biological factors at play. An emphasis upon the male androgen testosterone organizes the discussion. Behavioral manifestations of this brain-based organizational model are presented with a focus on impulsivity, aggression, and externalizing dysregulated emotionality. Treatment considerations and implications are developed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-181
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2015

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • emotion regulation
  • men's mental health
  • primary prevention
  • testosterone

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