Correlates and Predictors of Self-Reported Suicide Attempts Among Incarcerated Youths

The correlates and predictors of suicidal behaviors among 900 young offenders in detention centers in SouthAustralia are investigated. That young offenders are a high-risk population is confirmed, with a quarter of the youths reporting recent suicidal ideation and more than a quarter reporting havin...

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Published in:International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Main Author: Putnins, Aldis L. (Author)
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:Undetermined language
Published: 2005
In:International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Year: 2005, Volume: 49, Issue: 2, Pages: 143-157
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Summary:The correlates and predictors of suicidal behaviors among 900 young offenders in detention centers in SouthAustralia are investigated. That young offenders are a high-risk population is confirmed, with a quarter of the youths reporting recent suicidal ideation and more than a quarter reporting having made a suicide attempt. Past suicide attempts are significantly predictive of future suicide attempts. Other variables both concurrently and prospectively associated with suicidal behaviors (even after controlling for prior suicide attempt status) are substance use, prolonged dysphoric mood, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder signs, and having a bad temper. These variables not only have predictive value but should also be considered as appropriate targets when intervening to reduce suicide risk. It is suggested that impulsiveness is an underlying common factor
ISSN:0306-624X
DOI:10.1177/0306624X04269412