Risk Factors For Suicide Among High School Students

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Risk Factors For Suicide Among High School Student
Zulema Esparza
San Francisco State University

Risk Factors For Suicide Among High School Students Suicide is a major topic of concern because it involves a serious public health problem. In 2014, suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014). It is important to address this topic to create awareness for parents, schools, and professionals who work with youth. Spreading awareness can help individuals identify risk factors to prevent suicidal behavior. Several factors are thought to be correlated with suicidal behavior in high school students. In the present paper, risk factors were examined to see how they played a role in suicidality among high school students. Risk factors such as substance use, aggression, victimization, and risky sexual behavior are thought to increase suicide ideation and suicide attempts among high school students. Other aspects such as ethnicity may also play a role in suicidal behavior. Key terms in this paper include: substance use, risky sexual behavior, suicide ideation, suicide planning and suicide attempt.
Risk Factors for Suicidality
Substance Use One of the prominent risk factors for suicidal behavior is substance use at an earlier age. The literature that was examined only focused on high school students, which are generally ages 14 to 18. One may ask how substance use correlates with…
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