Which youth are at greatest risk for suicide?
Most adolescents who think about suicide will never attempt to take their lives. In order to ultimately prevent suicide, we need to be able to identify and predict which youth are going to make the transition from thinking about suicide to acting on their suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, existing techniques for identifying these at-risk youth are insufficient. The identification of reliable risk factors for suicidal behavior, and development of effective tools to assess these factors, has been hampered by research that relies on explicit (self-report) measures of risk, individual risk factor (univariate) models, and cross-sectional study designs. Our research aims to directly address these limitations by measuring implicit cognition and affect specific to suicide, examining multivariate risk models, and using prospective designs.
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