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Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Detained Youth
(NCJ 243891) July 2014
OJJDP Beyond Detention Series, Bulletin, 12 page(s)
 
Summarizes the methods, findings, and implications of a study on suicidal thoughts and behaviors among detained youth ages 1018 who were part of the Northwestern Juvenile Project, a longitudinal study of juvenile detainees. This bulletin examines rates of suicidal ideation and behaviors, the relationship between suicide attempts and psychiatric disorders, and differences by gender and race/ethnicity. Approximately 1 in 10 youth in the study sample thought about suicide in the past 6 months, and 11 percent had attempted suicide. Recent suicide attempts were most prevalent in female detainees and youth with anxiety disorders.
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