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CDC Research Team Finds Connections to Parents Protect Teens in High-Risk Communities More Than Connections to Peers



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Kindergarten , 1st Grade , 2nd Grade , 3rd Grade , 4th Grade , 5th Grade , 6th Grade , 7th Grade , 8th Grade , 9th Grade , 10th Grade , 11th Grade , 12th Grade



Description

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research team explored the relationship between social connectedness and self-directed violence in middle and high school students living in a high-risk community in the Northeast. The community was characterized by high rates of poverty, unemployment, single-parent households, and crime. The team found that for this population, connectedness to family was by far the strongest predictor of less self-directed violence, including suicide attempts. Therefore, the authors suggest that programs promoting school connectedness and connectedness to adults at school should include promotions of family connectedness as well, and should intervene especially with students exhibiting depressive symptoms (which had a strong association with non-suicidal self-harm, suicidal ideation, suicide plans, and non-fatal suicidal behaviors). Strategies promoting peer connectedness are unlikely to lower suicide rates unless that connectedness is with peers who have the “knowledge, ability, and maturity necessary to function as a positive influence.”


Resource(s)

http://www.sprc.org/news/index.asp#research


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