ERIC Number: EJ792854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
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Assessing the Effects of Peer Suicide on Youth Suicide
Feigelman, William; Gorman, Bernard S.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v38 n2 p181-194 Apr 2008
Using data from all waves of the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, we investigated the short-term and long-term impact of an adolescent friend's suicide on an adolescent's depression and suicidality. Results suggest that a friend's suicide is associated with heightened suicide thoughts and attempts and greater depression during the first year after loss. Six years later, analyses show concurrent behaviors most relevant to explain suicidality fluctuations. Findings suggest the importance of therapeutic availability, especially during the first year, for those losing a friend to suicide.
Descriptors: Suicide, Adolescents, Depression (Psychology), Longitudinal Studies, Friendship, Counseling
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