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Media Advisory

Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Contact: Division of News & Electronic Media, Office of Communication
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CDC findings show higher suicide-related behaviors among youth involved in bullying


The Journal of Adolescent Health released a special issue focusing for the first time on the relationship between bullying and suicide.  The special issue was assembled by an expert panel brought together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The panel looked at the latest research that examined youth involvement in bullying as a victim, perpetrator, or both and found them to be highly associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviors.  The panel also examined the association of youth involved in bullying who experience suicide-related behaviors and other risk factors for suicide, such as depression, delinquency, physical and sexual abuse, and exposure to violence.

The special issue includes the following:

  1. Bullying and Suicide: A Public Health Approach (editorial)
  2. Precipitating Circumstances of Suicide Among Youth Aged 10–17 Years by Sex: Data From the National Violent Death Reporting System, 16 States, 2005–2008
  3. Acutely Suicidal Adolescents Who Engage in Bullying Behavior: 1-Year Trajectories
  4. Suicidal Adolescents’ Experiences With Bullying Perpetration and Victimization during High School as Risk Factors for Later Depression and Suicidality
  5. Psychological, Physical, and Academic Correlates of Cyberbullying and Traditional Bullying
  6. Suicidal Thinking and Behavior Among Youth Involved in Verbal and Social Bullying: Risk and Protective Factors
  7. Potential Suicide Ideation and Its Association With Observing Bullying at School
  8. Inclusive Anti-bullying Policies and Reduced Risk of Suicide Attempts in Lesbian and Gay Youth


Journal of Adolescent Health


June 19, 2013 at Noon ET

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