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Volume 5, Pages 724-728
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2005.90
Review Article

Adolescents with Intellectual Disability and Suicidal Behavior

1National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
2Division of Pediatrics, Faculty of Health sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
3Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging, Faculty of Health sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
4Office of the Medical Director, Division for Mental Retardation, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel
5Clalit Health Services, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
6Division for Community Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
7Faculty of Social Science, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Academic College of Judea and Samaria, Ariel, Israel

Received 1 July 2005; Revised 22 August 2005; Accepted 22 August 2005

Copyright © 2005 Joav Merrick et al.

Abstract

It has been assumed that impaired intellectual capacity could act as a buffer to suicidality in the population of children and adolescents with intellectual disability. The few studies that have been conducted contest this assumption, and in fact, the findings showed that the characteristics of suicidality in the population of children and adolescents with intellectual disability are very similar to other adolescents without intellectual disability. This paper reviews the few studies conducted and describe the symptomatology in this population.