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Adolescent suicidal ideation predicts suicidal behaviour and psychopathological problems at age 30

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Q Is suicidal ideation in adolescence associated with psychological problems and suicidal behaviour later in life?


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Prospective cohort study.

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Fifteen years.

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Community sample, USA; 1987 to 2002.

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346 people (52% female, 98% white) from a community cohort aged 5 in 1977, for whom complete data were available at ages 15 and 30.

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Suicide ideation (positive response to any suicidal ideation item on the Youth Self-Report or Children’s Depression Inventory) at age 15.

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Psychopathology and suicidal behaviour (DSM-IV mood, anxiety and substance disorders; suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts assessed by the National Institute of Mental Health Diagnostic Interview Schedule, version IV); problem behaviours (Young Adult Self-Report, Young Adult Behaviour Checklist problem scores); overall functioning (Global Assessment of …

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  • For correspondence: Dr Reinherz, Simmons Longitudinal Study, Simmons College School of Social Work, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115, USA; Helen.reinherz{at}

  • Source of funding: National Institutes of Health, USA.