Exploring suicide risk history among youth in residential care

Kristin Duppong Hurley, Ryan L. Wheaton, W. Alex Mason, Connie J. Schnoes, Michael H. Epstein

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Adolescents in residential care settings have double the national average of suicide risk histories (attempts, threats, and ideation). However, little is known about youth with specific suicide-risk histories. This study explored differences in demographic characteristics and mental health variables for 509 youth in residential care with high and low suicide-risk histories. Overall, nearly 40% of participants had a high suicide-risk history, and significant differences between low and high suicide-risk history groups were found for multiple variables (e.g., gender, ethnicity, number of diagnoses). This study highlights a need for research into areas associated with suicide-risk history in residential care. ©

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-327
Number of pages12
JournalResidential Treatment for Children and Youth
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 25 2014


  • mental health
  • out-of-home care
  • residential care
  • suicide
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Law


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