Previously suicidal adolescents: Predictors of six-month outcome

Brian Greenfield, Melissa Henry, Margaret Weiss, Sze Man Tse, Jean Marc Guile, Geoffrey Dougherty, Xun Zhang, Eric Fombonne, Eric Lis, Sam Lapalme-Remis, Bonnie Harnden

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Objective: To determine the baseline variables, including borderline personality disorder (BPD), associated with the six-month outcome of previously suicidal adolescents (n=263) presenting to an emergency department and treated predominantly as out-patients. Methods: Multivariate logistic regression was used to analyze the associations between baseline variables and suicidality at six-month follow-up. Results: BPD, previous suicide attempt(s), drug use and female gender were associated with subsequent suicidality. Conclusions: These findings corroborate previously reported risk factors for recurring suicidality among adolescents and broaden their generalizability to those presenting to an emergency department, many diagnosed with BPD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-201
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescence
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Predictors
  • Prospective
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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