The authors would like to thank Dr. Michelle Demaray and Dr. Gregory Waas for their helpful contributions to this research project and manuscript.
The Relationship Between Exposure to Adolescent Suicide and Subsequent Suicide Risk
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2011
2003 The American Association for Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 33, Issue 1, pages 21–32, Spring 2003
How to Cite
Watkins, R. L. and Gutierrez, P. M. (2003), The Relationship Between Exposure to Adolescent Suicide and Subsequent Suicide Risk. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 33: 21–32. doi: 10.1521/suli.184.108.40.20687
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Received: December 3, 2001 Revision Accepted: October 3, 2001
In this study we examined the relationship between the exposure of adolescents to the suicide of a peer and subsequent suicide risk. Two hundred sixty-eight high school students filled out self-report questionnaires assessing demographic information, exposure to the suicide of a peer, relationship between survivor and suicide victim, and four measures of suicide risk (suicidal ideation, past and present suicide-related behavior, depressive symptomatology, and reasons for living). The 27 individuals who had been exposed to the suicide of a peer were classified as friends or acquaintances of suicide victims. Twenty-seven controls were then matched on gender, age, and ethnicity. The results of this study failed to support any of the hypothesized differences between exposed and unexposed adolescents of differing relationship categories on measures of suicide risk or depressive symptomatology. Three possible explanations for the results are evaluated and discussed within a conceptual framework.