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Contagious Nature of Suicidal Thoughts

by Savitha C Muppala on May 23, 2013 at 11:53 PM
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 Contagious Nature of Suicidal Thoughts

Nearly 13 % of suicides among teens are copycat ones, researchers said. Young adolescents may contemplate suicide if their classmate or a friend from their group committed suicide, a recent research has found.

The study showed that suicidal thoughts could be contagious among teens. This is why after a suicide case goes public, we tend to hear about more such similar incidents.  The research found that students, who were 12 to 13 years old and had a classmate that committed suicide, were five times more likely to harbor suicidal thoughts than someone who never had a classmate attempt it. The effects seemed to last for nearly two years after the suicide of the peer,

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 "The idea that suicide is contagious has always been controversial for various reasons; however, this important study should put many, if not all, doubts to rest. It provides convincing evidence that, among young people, exposure to suicide is a risk factor for future suicidal behavior. Suicide death of a schoolmate was a stronger predictor of suicidality outcomes than suicide by someone personally known, perhaps because the death of a peer resonates with youth more than the death of a close adult. Thus it may be best for postvention strategies to include all students rather than target close friends."

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