Chronic illness raises risks of self-harm, suicide in children

04/13/2010 | Modern Medicine

Children aged 10 to 19 with chronic mental and physical conditions are more likely to inflict harm on themselves, engage in suicidal thinking and attempt suicide than their healthy counterparts, a study in Pediatrics found. In a separate study in Pediatrics, researchers found that pediatric interns who attended lectures and suicide risk assessment practice with standardized patients had greater confidence in screening and assessing teens for suicide risk compared with those who received lecture alone or no training.

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