What is it about?

Psychiatric problems in childhood, such as impulsivity, inattention, opposition, anxiety, and depression, are common risk factors for suicide attempt and self-harm in adolescence. This paper examines how childhood psychopathology and adolescent suicide attempt and self-harm are associated.

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Why is it important?

This paper is unique because we used a twin sample, which allowed us to examine how much genetic and environmental factors explained the association between childhood psychopathology and adolescent suicide attempt and self-harm. We found childhood psychopathology is largely related to adolescent suicide attempt/self-harm through genetic factors.

Perspectives

This paper was the first twin paper I wrote, along with the help of wonderful co-authors. Suicide is a major public health problem, and I hope this paper stimulates creative approaches to future research and interventions for suicidality.

Lauren O'Reilly
Indiana University Bloomington

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This page is a summary of: The association between general childhood psychopathology and adolescent suicide attempt and self-harm: A prospective, population-based twin study., Journal of Abnormal Psychology, May 2020, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/abn0000512.
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