Adolescent Sexual Activity and Suicide

2019 study published in Psychiatry Research Journal took a cross-sectional examination of 116,820 adolescents ages 12 to 15 years old from 38 countries who participated in the Global School-based Student Health Survey. The survey, in part, looked to see if there was any relationship between sexual activity and suicidal behavior in this age group.

The researchers found that adolescents who engaged in sexual intercourse were at an increased risk of attempting suicide. Researchers also found that the greater the number of previous sexual partners an adolescent had, the greater the risk that the individual would attempt suicide. While the study is not able to show any sort of causation relationship, the positive correlation between sexual activity and suicide attempts is reason for concern.

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