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Unformatted text preview: ide among the parents and close relatives of those who commit suicide than among nonsuicidal people As always with this type of research, however, nonbiological factors and interpretations must also be considered Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, 5e – Chapter 8 26 Underlying Causes of Suicide: The Biological View Recent laboratory research has offered more direct support for a biological model of suicide Serotonin levels have been found to be low in people who commit suicide There is a known link between low serotonin and depression There is evidence, though, of low serotonin activity among suicidal subjects with no history of depression Serotonin activity may contribute to aggressive behavior Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, 5e – Chapter 8 27 Is Suicide Linked to Age? The likelihood of committing suicide increases with age, but people of all ages may try to kill themselves Although the general findings about suicide hold true across age groups, three groups (children, adolescents, and the elderly) have been the focus of much study because of the unique issues that face them 28 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, 5e – Chapter 8 Children Suicide is infrequent among children Rates have been rising for the last decade About 500 children younger than 14 years of age commit suicide each year Boys outnumber girls by as much as 5:1 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, 5e – Chapter 8 29 Children Suicide attempts by the very young generally are preceded by behavioral patterns such as running away, temper tantrums, social withdrawal, dark fantasies, and marked personality changes Many child suicides appear to be based on a clear understanding of death and on a clear wish to die 30 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, 5e – Chapter 8 Adolescents Suicidal actions become much more common after the age of 14 than at any earlier age About 2000 teens commit suicide in the U.S. each year As many as 500,000 may make attempts Young white Americans are more suicide­prone than African Americans at this age Suicide rates are growing closer 31 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal P...
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