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ERIC Number: EJ871509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
Thoughts of Death and Suicide in Early Adolescence
Vander Stoep, Ann; McCauley, Elizabeth; Flynn, Cynthia; Stone, Andrea
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v39 n6 p599-613 Dec 2009
The prevalence and persistence of thoughts of death and suicide during early adolescence were estimated in a community-based cohort. A latent class approach was used to identify distinct subgroups based on endorsements to depression items administered repeatedly over 24 months. Two classes emerged, with 75% in a low ideation class across four assessments. Less than 2% persisted in the high ideation class over three or more assessments. African American and Asian American adolescents were more likely than European Americans to belong to the high ideation class. No members of the low ideation class endorsed "thought about killing myself," while "thoughts of death and dying" was endorsed by members of both classes. Implications for interpreting meanings of death and suicide ideation in early adolescence are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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