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Volume 19, Issue 1 (1990)

Adolescent Suicide: Social Competence and Problem Behavior of Youth at High Risk and Low Risk for Suicide

pp. 83—95

The competence and problem behavior of a group of 70 adolescent suicide attempters were examined for effects of gender, age, and high risk versus low risk suicidal status. Results indicated that high suicide risk youth reported greater clinical levels of problem behavior than did their low risk counterparts. However, few differences were found for reported competencies. When high risk youth were compared to low risk youth, there were discernible differences in the behavioral levels and profiles of boys, but not for those of girls. Certain gender-related influences were also noted, and age was found to play a significant role in the self-reports of boys, but not in the self-reports of girls. The study addresses the concept of suicidal risk and the utility of self-report measures in the assessment of suicidal risk.

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