The authors report on the prevalence and correlates of suicidal behavior
in youth age 12-16 years. The data, from a community prevalence survey,
show that 5%-10% of the male and 10%-20% of the female youth reported
suicidal behavior within a 6-month period. Suicidal behavior in youth
appeared to be related to psychiatric disorder in general as well as to
family dysfunction and parental arrest.