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In This Issue of JAMA Psychiatry
November 2017


JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(11):1085. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.2546

Suicides have increased in the United States, but trends among sociodemographic and clinical groups have not been characterized. Using nationally representative survey data, Olfson and colleagues found that the percentage of adults making a recent suicide attempt increased from 0.62% in 2004/2005 to 0.79% in 2012/2013. The increase in risk was significantly larger among younger adults and among adults with no more than a high school education. In an Editorial, Caine discusses implications for suicide research.


One in 3 children experience bullying. In this population-based cohort study, Singham and colleagues analyzed data from 11 108 twins with a mean age of 11.3 years who were followed up for approximately 5 years. Bullying was associated with increased mental health problems concurrently and at the 2-year follow-up. However, at the 5-year follow-up, there was a significant decline of the association of bullying with mental health problems, with the exception of paranoid thoughts and cognitive disorganization. In an Editorial, Silberg and Kendler discuss the subtlety in differentiating causality from association between bullying and mental health.