Risk Factors of Teenage Suicide

1217 WordsJun 23, 20185 Pages
Teenage suicide is a major national public health concern facing America today. Thousands of teenagers commit suicide each year. Many experts believe that teenage suicide is often due to unpredictable circumstances and can be contributed to hormonal impulses. However, recent case findings and statistics prove that this is not necessarily true. Although some teenage suicides may be the result of youthful and impulsive actions, certain risk factors, signs, and symptoms can contribute to self-inflicted death in adolescents. For instance, the gender of a teenager plays a role in their overall risk of self-inflicted death. A recent study shows the suicide rates of teenage boys as being fifty-seven out of a million, but the teenage girl…show more content…
Cleaning their room and giving away belongings is also a common sign of thoughts of suicide in youth (2). Teenagers under large amounts of stress are also prone to suicidal behavior. Personal life events involving conflict in relationships or traumatic loss often lead to suicidal thoughts. The feelings that teenagers experience during the time of the separation and divorce of their parents can be overwhelming, and break-ups and other relationship losses can be devastating to teens as well. Adolescents are often incapable of coping with setbacks such as failing a grade, dropping out of school, or being suspended from school. Even something as simple as having to relocate can be overwhelming for some youth (Cornette 4). Victims of child abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, often feel shame and guilt associated with these experiences. These emotions can also increase the likelihood of suicidal ideation. Many victims of ill-treatment feel that they are worthless or perceive themselves to be failures which lead to feelings of hopelessness and suicidal tendencies. Some researchers even suggest that feelings of hopelessness rather than depression are a better indicator of a potential suicide involving a teenager. Feeling hopeless, therefore, is an important risk factor when dealing with teenage suicide (Cornette 3). Teenagers who become alcohol dependent are at an increased risk of premature death. Many teens who have committed
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