Teen Concussion Tied to Higher Risk for Suicidal Behaviors

The following is excerpted from an online article posted by HealthDay.

Adolescents who report concussion have increased odds of reporting suicidal behaviors, according to a study published in the Journal of Athletic Training.

Jacob J.M. Kay, Ph.D., from Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, and colleagues examined the association between self-reported concussion frequency and nonfatal suicidal behaviors among youth. The analysis included data from 28,442 U.S. secondary school students participating in the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.

The researchers found that students who reported two or more concussions had significantly greater odds of reporting suicidal attempts (adjusted odds ratio, 2.03) versus students reporting a single concussive event during the previous 12 months. There were interactions observed by sex, with the association driven by boys. Among girls, there was no difference in the strength of association by number of concussions.

“Future longitudinal examinations are necessary to better understand the possible cumulative effects of concussion on adolescent mental health and promote the development of earlier prevention strategies aimed at mitigating the link between concussive injury and potentially fatal risk behaviors,” the authors write. “As such, schools would benefit from implementing regular mental health assessments and interventions to help students avoid feelings of depression and suicidality after concussion.”

Source: HealthDay

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Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on Crosswalk.com and Religiontoday.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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