Why does risk for suicide increase so drastically during adolescence?
Although research has identified general risk factors for suicidal behavior across the lifespan, research to date has not explained why suicide risk increases so drastically during adolescence. Given research demonstrating that adolescent-specific neurobiological patterns are associated with risky behavior and impulsiveness – both of which are related to increased suicide risk – a focus of our current research is to examine how these neurodevelopmental changes may confer risk for suicidal behavior.
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