Correlates of Suicide Ideation and Attempts in Children and Adolescents With Eating Disorders

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Abstract

This is the first study determining correlates of suicide behavior in children with eating disorders using multiple sleep, psychological, and demographic variables. Mothers rated suicide ideation and attempts in 90 children ages 7-18 with bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa. Suicide ideation was more prevalent in children with bulimia nervosa (43%) than children with anorexia nervosa (20%). All children with bulimia nervosa who experienced ideation attempted suicide, whereas only 3% of children with anorexia nervosa attempted suicide. Correlates of ideation were externalizing behavior problems and sleep disturbances. Correlates of attempts were bulimia nervosa, self-induced vomiting, nightmares, and physical or sexual abuse. These problems should be assessed and targeted for intervention because of their association with suicide behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-366
Number of pages15
JournalEating Disorders
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

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Bulimia Nervosa
Suicide
Anorexia Nervosa
Attempted Suicide
Sleep
Sex Offenses
Child Behavior
Vomiting
Mothers
Demography
Feeding and Eating Disorders
Psychology

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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