Peer Victimization and Suicidal Behaviors Among High School Youth

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This study examined the association between various types of peer-directed violence and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among adolescents. A nationally representative sample of 15,425 high school students completed the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. All types of peer victimization (bullying, physical violence, and dating violence) were found to be consistent predictors of suicide attempts, though no peer-directed violence was significantly related to suicidal ideation and interpersonal violence was negatively related to having a suicide plan. Few gender differences were observed. Findings have implications for practice including the importance of utilizing an integrated violence prevention approach and implementing a comprehensive suicide prevention program that includes effective suicide risk assessments.