Risk factors of suicidal ideations and attempts in talented, at-risk girls

Elva E. Hull-Blanks, Barbara A. Kerr, Sharon Kurpius

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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationships among suicidality, substance use, self-esteem, family structure, and eight personality characteristics (harm avoidance, impulsivity, aggression, social recognition, cognitive structure, succorance, abasement, and achievement) with 337 talented, at-risk, adolescent girls. Results indicated that girls with histories of suicidal ideations and/ or attempts had significantly higher levels of substance use, impulsivity, aggression, and social recognition, and significantly lower levels of self-esteem and harm avoidance than girls without such histories. Girls without suicide histories were also more likely to come from single mother families. Consideration of these factors, by both researchers and clinicians, in assessing suicide risk is encouraged.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-276
Number of pages10
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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