The link between physical disorders and suicidality in children and adolescents.

Shoval Gal, Zalsman Gil, Madjar Nir

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The existence of physical disorders and disabilities has been associated with suicidal behaviour among adults. Though relatively less often studied in children and adolescents, a growing body of evidence supports a similar link in this population as well. This text describes recent studies on suicidality among young patients with diabetes mellitus, bronchial asthma, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries, and physical injuries. Suggested models addressing biological, psychological, and social aspects relevant to the possible pathophysiological mechanisms linking physical disorders and disabilities to suicidal behaviour in the paediatric age group are also discussed.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationOxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention
EditorsDanuta Wasserman
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780191873805
ISBN (Print)9780198834441
StatePublished - 2021


  • Link (knot theory)
  • Psychology
  • Clinical psychology


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