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Suicidal behavior in elementary school-aged youth: Assessment of familial factors and neurocognitive functioning

2020 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $90,000
Focus Area: Psychosocial Studies

Arielle Sheftall, Ph.D.
The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital

Mentor: Jeffrey Bridge, Ph.D., The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital

Inside the Research

Research suggests that suicide risk factors differ between younger children who die by suicide compared to older youth. This study will examine neurocognitive (brain) functioning and factors associated with family behaviors and relationships in children ages 6 to 11 years, with and without a history of suicidal behavior. An understanding of the risk factors for suicidal behavior in childhood can be used to inform relevant child-specific suicide prevention and intervention programs.