This research was supported by Grant No. R37-AA07861 awarded to Michael Windle from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Suicidal Behaviors and Alcohol Use Among Adolescents: A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective
Article first published online: 3 MAY 2006
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Volume 28, Issue Supplement s1, pages 29S–37S, May 2004
How to Cite
Windle, M. (2004), Suicidal Behaviors and Alcohol Use Among Adolescents: A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 28: 29S–37S. doi: 10.1097/01.ALC.0000127412.69258.EE
An earlier version of this article was presented at the Alcohol and Suicidal Behavior Workshop sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide, Bethesda, MD; March 21–22, 2002.
- Issue published online: 3 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 3 MAY 2006
- Received for publication January 30, 2004; accepted February 4, 2004.
- Suicidal Behavior;
- Developmental Perspective
Abstract: A developmental psychopathology conceptual model was provided to represent the major categories of risk and protective factors, including alcohol use and binge drinking, that predict suicidal behaviors that range from suicidal thoughts to completed suicides. The conceptual model emphasized the importance of identifying age-specific sets of risk and protective factors to facilitate the development of effective interventions. As an empirical illustration, a multivariate mediation path model was specified and evaluated with a sample of teens. Findings indicated that several distal variables (e.g., difficult temperament, coping motives for drinking, lower family support, higher percentage of friends using alcohol) significantly predicted mediators (e.g., depression, stressful events, binge drinking) that, in turn, predicted suicidal behaviors. Binge drinking significantly predicted suicide attempts over and above the influence of depression and stressful events.