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Aggression linked to adolescent suicidal ideation

agression and suicide in teens? who would’ve thought!  but seriously here is the info

Identifying the mental disorders underlying a higher propensity towards aggression among adolescents may help to prevent negative outcomes such as suicide, Italian study findings suggest.

“In adolescence, mental disorders often display unusual symptoms; sometimes subtle behavioral changes are more reliable indicators of a risk of suicide than the psychopathology itself,” note Paola Miotto, from the Department of Drugs and Alcohol Dependence at ULSS 7 in Conegliano, and colleagues.

Using the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised and the Aggression Questionnaire, they explored the relationship between psychological distress and aggression and the risk of suicidal ideation.

The researchers surveyed 818 adolescents 258 females, and 560 males aged between 15 and 19 years. Of these, 30.8% of girls and 25.3% of boys reported having thoughts about suicide, with one adolescent out of 20 reporting suicidal ideation of high intensity.

The boys scored significantly higher than the girls on the Aggression Questionnaire. Moreover, both males and females who reported suicidal ideation had higher aggression scores than those who denied thoughts of suicide.

Participants who reported suicidal ideation also had higher levels of psychological distress on all the SCL-90-R subscales, with depression and hostility found to be independent predictors of suicidal ideation. In contrast, symptoms of obsession and compulsion seemed to protect against suicidal thoughts.

The researchers note that psychological distress in adolescence may also be expressed through turbulent behaviors and conduct disorders, which can lead to negative outcomes such as deviance and crime, as well as a higher risk of morbidity and premature death in adulthood.

They say that their findings make the “epidemiological investigation of the psychological correlates of aggressive behavior worthy of further study.”


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