Pathways to suicidal behaviors in childhood

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  • Path analyses were applied to test a model that includes internalizing and externalizing behavior problems as predictors of suicidal behaviors in children. Parents of an inpatient sample of boys (N = 87; M age = 9.81 years) rated the frequency of suicidal ideation and completed standardized measures of behavior problems. Blind raters rated the severity of the children's suicidal behaviors. Results revealed a significant direct effect for suicidal ideation on suicide attempt and for depressive symptoms on suicidal ideation. There was also a significant indirect path from impulsivity to suicidal ideation through aggressive and depressive symptoms. Clinical implications are discussed. © 2007 The American Association of Suicidology.
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  • Greening L; Stoppelbein L; Fite P; Dhossche D; Erath S; Brown J; Cramer R; Young L
  • Start Page

  • 35
  • End Page

  • 45
  • Volume

  • 38
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  • 1