Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-26-2021

Keywords

Adolescent, Childhood adversity, LONGSCAN, Suicide

Organizational Units

Psychology, College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Abstract

Greater childhood adversity predicts a higher likelihood of later self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITB). There is little research focused on whether the timing of childhood adversity predicts SITB. The current research examined whether the timing of childhood adversity predicted parent- and youth-reported SITB at age 12 and 16 years in the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) cohort (n = 970). We found that greater adversity at age 11–12 years consistently predicted SITB at age 12 years, while greater adversity at age 13–14 years consistently predicted SITB at age 16 years. These findings suggest there may be sensitive periods during which adversity may be more likely to lead to adolescent SITB, which can inform prevention and treatment.

Publication Statement

This article was originally published as:

North, S., Fox, K., & Doom, J. (2021). Timing of childhood adversities and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors in adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 1-11. doi:10.1017/S0954579421000808

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