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Commentary
December 26, 2001

Adolescent SuicidePerspectives on a Clinical Quandary

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

JAMA. 2001;286(24):3126-3127. doi:10.1001/jama.286.24.3126

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.

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