Protect young people from suicidal behavior?
Certain factors have been associated with an increased risk of suicidal behavior in adolescents. Fortunately, it is also possible to counter these behaviors by various measures.
Young people may feel the need to end their life prematurely for a variety of reasons. (Image: Alexander Zhiltsov / Stock.Adobe.com)
Various risk factors are linked to suicidal behavior in adolescents, according to a new study involving researchers at Brawijaya University. The study was published in the English-language journal “Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing”.
66 studies were evaluated
Analysis of 66 studies published to date has identified some risk factors associated with suicidal behavior in adolescents. However, researchers have also discovered certain protective factors that can reduce the likelihood of suicide.
Internal risk factors for suicidal behavior
Adolescent risk factors for suicidal behavior included poor individual coping strategies, overuse of smartphones, existing nutritional imbalance, menstrual problems, a generally unhealthy lifestyle, and disrupted sleep patterns, the researchers report.
External risk factors for suicidal behavior
Certain external risk factors have also increased the risk of suicidal behavior in adolescents. These included the parents’ health history, poor interactions within the family, and the presence of social problems.
This is how young people can be protected
Of course, there was also the question of whether it is possible to reduce the risk of adolescent suicidal behavior. Researchers report that, for example, good nutrition, parent-child interactions, reading books and watching movies, as well as belief or religiosity can protect teens from suicidal behavior.
Family influence on suicide risk
Love and support from family are very important in reducing the risk of suicidal behavior in adolescents, the researchers point out. Adolescents also need to learn to love themselves in order to cope with life better and cope more easily with the stresses and strains of everyday life, the research team said. In addition, those affected by suicidal thoughts should speak to their parents or a doctor urgently in order to receive appropriate support as quickly as possible. (as)
Author and source information
This text conforms to the requirements of specialized medical literature, medical directives and current studies and has been verified by health professionals.
Niken AL Ati, Mareta D. Paraswati, Heni D. Windarwati: What are the risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior in adolescents? A systematic review, in Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursin (published October 6, 2020), Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing Wiley: Factors that increase or decrease the risk of suicidal behavior in Wiley adolescents (published October 7, 2020) , eurekalert.org
This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. It cannot replace a visit to the doctor.