Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Subsequent Harmful Behaviors Associated with Premature Mortality: A Selective Review and Future Directions

Rachelle A. Yu, Natalie Goulter, Jennifer W. Godwin, Robert J. McMahon

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Abstract

In the United States (U.S.), premature mortality in adulthood from suicide, alcohol-related disease, and substance overdoses has increased steadily over the past two decades. To better understand these trends, it is necessary to first examine the harmful behaviors that often precede these preventable deaths (i.e., suicidal ideation and attempts, and harmful alcohol and substance use). Representing critical developmental periods in which psychopathology is most likely to emerge, childhood and adolescence provide an informative lens through which to investigate susceptibility to harmful behaviors. This article synthesizes current evidence describing these rising U.S. mortality rates and the prevalence rates of harmful behaviors linked to these types of mortality. A brief selective review of longitudinal research on harmful behaviors in relation to the most relevant categories of child and adolescent psychopathology is then provided. Finally, recommendations for future research and implications for prevention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1008-1024
Number of pages17
JournalClinical Child and Family Psychology Review
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alcohol use
  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Harmful behaviors
  • Premature mortality
  • Substance use
  • Suicidal behaviors

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