Skip 
Navigation Link
Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
Having Same-Sex Parents Won't Affect Kids' Gender Identity: StudyKids' Cases of High Blood Pressure May Rise Under New GuidelinesBack-to-School Tips … for ParentsCoping Support Assists Parents of Hospitalized ChildrenYoung Breakfast Skippers Lack Vital NutrientsA Violent Environment Can Wreck Kids' GradesSleep Duration Inversely Linked to Risk Markers of T2DM in KidsDo Pets Really Boost Kids' Health?Rotavirus Vaccine Cuts U.S. Peds Gastroenteritis HospitalizationsRotavirus Vaccine Cut Kids' Hospitalization, Medical CostsBy Age 12, Poor May Show Signs of Heart Risks AheadHealth Tip: Childhood Obesity Can Trigger Adult ProblemsDecline in Kids' Ear Infections Linked to Pneumococcal VaccinePicky Eater? It Might Just Be Your Child's PersonalityPrenatal Exposure to Certain Flame Retardants Linked to Lower IQsHealth Tip: Protect Your Kids From LeadKnow the Signs of ConcussionSurgeons Warn of Trampolines' Down SideVision Problems Can Harm Kids' Development, GradesTime to Catch Up on Reading, Writing … and Routine ShotsU.S. Kids Overdosing on Dietary SupplementsJust a Few Vaccine Refusers Could Endanger ManyDoes Your Child Really Have a Food Allergy?Donor-Sperm Kids No Different From Their Peers: StudyHigh-Dose Vitamin D May Not Curb Kids' ColdsHealth Tip: Check the Water Before SwimmingDespite Warnings, Kids Are Still Dying in Hot CarsLink for Maternal Antidepressant, Kids' Brain Health QuestionedToo Few Children Get EpiPen When Needed: StudyHealth Tip: Take Care of Kids Exercising in Summer HeatHow to Prevent Future Couch PotatoesSugar Intake During Pregnancy Tied to Allergy in OffspringThe Neighborhood Sandbox: A Breeding Ground for GermsRisks Linked to Soft Contacts No Higher for Children Than AdultsSmoking On the Rise in Movies Aimed at Young: StudyBullying Takes Financial Toll on U.S. School DistrictsSwimming Lessons: For Starters, Watch Out for Germs in the WaterHow to Keep Your Kids Out of the ER This SummerIs Your Child's 'Penicillin Allergy' Real?Health Tip: When Adults Offer Kids FoodHealth Tip: Practice Drowning Prevention at HomeCommunity Intervention May Aid Fight Against Childhood ObesityGetting Kids in the Habit of Healthy EatingHealth Tip: Rewarding Kids Without FoodDo Older Dads Produce Brainy Boys?USPSTF Concludes Screening for Obesity Beneficial for ChildrenFirearms Kill or Wound 7,000 U.S. Children AnnuallyGuns Kill or Wound 7,000 U.S. Kids a Year: ReportTime for Some Summer Sun Safety TipsHealth Tip: Applying Sunscreen on Children
Questions and AnswersLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Parenting
Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)

PAS: Hospitalizations Up for Suicidal Thoughts, Actions in Kids


HealthDay News
Updated: May 4th 2017

new article illustration

THURSDAY, May 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of children and adolescents hospitalized for thoughts of suicide or self-harm more than doubled during the last 10 years, according to research scheduled to be presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, held from May 6 to 9 in San Francisco.

Gregory Plemmons, M.D., an associate professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and colleagues analyzed data from 32 children's hospitals across the United States. The team identified 118,363 hospital encounters between 2008 and 2015 where a child was diagnosed with suicidal thoughts or self-harm. Slightly more than half (50.4 percent) of the patients with suicidal thoughts or actions were between the ages of 15 and 17, while 36.9 percent were aged 12 to 14. An additional 12.7 percent of patients were between the ages of 5 and 11.

Significant increases were found in all age groups, but tended to be higher among older children. Teens aged 15 to 17 had the largest increase, followed by 12- to 14-year-olds. The largest increase seemed to be among teenage girls, an observation consistent with other studies, Plemmons told HealthDay.

A second study presented at the meeting found that few teenagers will actually reach for the word "depressed" to describe negative emotions that are weighing them down. Parents, educators, and doctors instead must rely on other clues that indicate depression, study coauthor Daniela DeFrino, Ph.D., R.N., an assistant professor of research in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and College of Nursing, told HealthDay. Teens suffering from depression are more likely to say they are "stressed" or "anxious" or "down," DeFrino said. The researchers drew these clues from interviews conducted with 369 teens aged 13 to 19 at risk for depression who participated in a federally-funded clinical trial.

Press Release 1
Press Release 2
More Information