Sleep and Suicidal Adolescents Analytical Essay by Gracey106

Sleep and Suicidal Adolescents
This paper discusses whether sleep difficulties are connected to the increasing rate of adolescent suicides.
# 113799 | 889 words | 2 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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In this article, the writer notes that in recent years, the growing problem of adolescent suicide has gained much recognition not just in the United States but also around the world. At present, adolescents commit suicide at a higher rate than the national average of all ages. This paper presents a literature review that examines the close relationship between sleep deprivation and suicidal ideation and actual attempts. The paper compares rates of increased sleep disturbances a week prior to death in successful adolescent suicide victims with a controlled group. This examination of sleep deprived adolescents and suicidal behaviors illustrates the need for early detection and treatment of problematic sleep patterns.

From the Paper:

"In a recent research conducted by Tina R. Goldstein and David A. Brent, Western Psychiatric Institute Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Jeffrey A. Bridge, Columbus Children's Research Institute and Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University, the researchers set out to determine whether sleep difficulties is related to the increasing epidemic of adolescent suicide in the United States and around the world. They hypothesized that those who were successful in their suicidal attempt displayed signs of higher rates of sleep difficulties in both the week immediately preceding their attempt and within their "most recent depressive episode" ."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brent, David. A., Bridge, Jeffrey. A., & Goldstein, Tina, R. ( Feb 2008). Sleep Preceding Completed Suicide in Adolescents [Electronic Version]. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology Vol 76(1), pp. 84-91.
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2007, January 2). Sleep Disturbances, Nightmares Are Common Among Suicide Attempters. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 7, 2008, from

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