Screening for suicide risk among publicly insured urban children who are experiencing psychological distress is vitally important, finds a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
[Photo: Dr. Sean Joe]
“Clinicians need to pay special attention when working with young people in this population who are going through psychiatric crisis,” said lead author Dr. Sean Joe, the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development and noted expert on suicidal behavior among African Americans.
The study, “Suicide Risk Among Urban Children,” was published in the September issue of Children and Youth Services Review.
“This study is one of the few that examines suicidal thoughts and behaviors in a large clinical sample of urban children,” Dr. Joe said.
The study examines how socio-demographic and clinical characteristics influence suicide risk among a large, urban sample of children, age 12 and younger who were receiving psychiatric emergency services.