Study: Adolescent Victims of Certain Trauma Prone to Elevated Aggression, Suicidal Thoughts

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — A study from the University of Arkansas says adolescents who experience some types of trauma are more likely to show aggression and have suicidal thoughts.

Based on a larger study from the early 2000’s, researchers found youth scarred by things like sexual abuse, domestic violence, or bullying, are more likely to exhibit elevated aggression toward others.

University of Arkansas Doctoral Candidate Teah-Marie Bynion worked on the study with a group of researchers.

She says the findings could help mental health professionals identify youth at risk of harming themselves or others. 

“It’s not necessarily experiencing trauma broadly leads to these negative outcomes, but experiencing specific types of trauma can put you at an increased risk for developing that type of outcome. For mental health professionals, this places an emphasis on identifying specific types of dramas that you experience, but also its an easy way to access and screen for different types of traumatic events,” Bynion said.

Bynion says data was collected among youth aged 13 to 17-years-old.

For full UA press release, click HERE.

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