Male Suicide Tracked to Childhood

Female suicides don't reveal problems until after puberty
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Apr 7, 2009 4:20 AM CDT
A new study has found a strong link between behavioral problems at age 8 and suicide attempts later in life among male study subjects.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Suicidal men are more likely to have had troubled childhoods than their female counterparts, Reuters reports. A new study found that 78% of male subjects who tried to kill themselves by age 24 had serious behavioral problems at age 8, whereas suicidal females usually developed emotional problems after puberty. The findings suggest child problems should be taken seriously and treated, said researchers.