Abstract and Keywords
In this chapter, risk factors for suicidal ideation and behavior are reviewed, including sociodemographics, prior suicidal behavior, nonsuicidal self-injury, depression, anxiety, substance use, family factors, physical and sexual abuse, sexual orientation, and access to firearms. Special emphasis is placed on the intersection of suicidality and interpersonal violence in terms of reciprocal risk. A review of the core areas to address in the acutely suicidal adolescent or the adolescent who has recently attempted suicide is also provided. Clinical questions regarding the adolescent’s current emotional state, suicidal ideation/intent, reasons for suicidality, access to means, and capability of the environment to keep the adolescent safe are suggested. The chapter concludes with a discussion of safety planning.
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