Author Affiliation: Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
In this issue of The Journal, 2 articles provide useful perspectives
on the important clinical problem of suicide. In the first article, Dube et
al1 presented questionnaires to a large number
of adult health maintenance organization members, asking whether they had
experienced a series of adverse childhood experiences and whether they ever
attempted suicide. The researchers found that those reporting the most adverse
events were more likely to have attempted suicide. The authors cite previous
research showing a graded relationship between adverse childhood events and
a number of health and social problems.
Keith CR. Adolescent SuicidePerspectives on a Clinical Quandary. JAMA. 2001;286(24):3126-3127. doi:10.1001/jama.286.24.3126