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The link between physical disabilities and suicidality in children and adolescents 

The link between physical disabilities and suicidality in children and adolescents
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The link between physical disabilities and suicidality in children and adolescents
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Gil Zalsman

and Gal Shoval

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0090
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date: 19 October 2019

The existence of physical disorders and disabilities has been associated with suicidal behaviour among adults. Though relatively less often studied in children and adolescents, a growing body of evidence supports a similar link in this population as well. This chapter describes recent studies on suicidality among young patients with diabetes mellitus, bronchial asthma, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries and physical injuries. Suggested models addressing biological, psychological and social aspects relevant to the possible pathophysiological mechanisms linking physical disorders and disabilities to suicidal behaviour in the paediatric age group are also discussed.

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