Title

Pathways to Suicidal Behaviors in Childhood

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2008

Department

Psychology

Abstract

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.

Publication Title

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior

Volume

38

Issue

1

First Page

35

Last Page

45