Suicidal Thought in the Adolescent: Exploring the Relationship Between Known Risk Factors and the Presence of Suicidal Thought

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  • Cana M. Shimshock MSN, RN,

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    1. Cana M. Shimshock, MSN, RN, is a Doctoral Student, School of Nursing; Reg Arthur Williams, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN, is Professor, School of Nursing and Psychiatry, Medical School; Barbara-Jean B. Sullivan, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, NP, is Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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  • Reg Arthur Williams PhD, RN, BC, FAAN,

    1. Cana M. Shimshock, MSN, RN, is a Doctoral Student, School of Nursing; Reg Arthur Williams, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN, is Professor, School of Nursing and Psychiatry, Medical School; Barbara-Jean B. Sullivan, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, NP, is Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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  • Barbara-Jean B. Sullivan PhD, PMHCNS-BC, NP

    1. Cana M. Shimshock, MSN, RN, is a Doctoral Student, School of Nursing; Reg Arthur Williams, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN, is Professor, School of Nursing and Psychiatry, Medical School; Barbara-Jean B. Sullivan, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, NP, is Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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cmshims@umich.edu, with a copy to the Editor: poster@uta.edu

Abstract

PROBLEM:  The purpose of this retrospective study was to explore the relationship between recognized risk factors for suicidal thought and the presence or absence of self-reported suicidal thought.

METHODS:  This study was conducted through the secondary analysis of data obtained from a larger, prospective, cluster-randomized intervention study. A subset of 817 recruits between the ages of 17 and 19 was included in this study.

FINDINGS:  A personal history of mental health/emotional problems and a decreased sense of belonging made unique contributions to predicting the presence of suicidal thought.

CONCLUSIONS:  The development of interventions to increase sense of belonging may be a key to reducing suicidal thought during stressful events.

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