Adolescent Substance Use and Adolescent Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders: Relation to Suicidal Behavior

  • Yifrah Kaminer
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


The leading external causes of adolescent morbidity and mortality are motor vehicle accidents, homicide, and suicide, in declining order. Adolescent psychoactive substance use disorders (APSUDs) and unprotected sex leading to teenage pregnancies, abortions, and communicable diseases including acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) are also major problems of epidemic proportion. In the United States, homicide represents the second-leading cause of death, accounting for 11.7 deaths/100,000 in the 15- to 19-year age group. However, among black adolescent males, homicide is the leading cause of death (Bearinger & Blum, 1987). Substance abuse, availability of arms, social stressors, low socioeconomic status, and increased interpersonal violence contribute to the problem.


Suicidal Ideation Suicide Attempt Suicidal Behavior Personality Disorder Suicide Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yifrah Kaminer
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  1. 1.Alcohol Research CenterThe University of Connecticut Health CenterFarmingtonUSA

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