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Suicide

Are gifted and talented children and adolescents more prone to suicide than their non-gifted peers are? Presently, this question has proven difficult to answer. Tracy Cross and his colleagues have found that this is because of the complexity in defining giftedness, the lack of a designation of giftedness in data colleted on suicide, confidentiality diminishing access to information, psychological autopsies being expensive and time consuming, and the lethality of suicide causing certain information to be collected after a suicide completion. That being said, it can be assumed that gifted youth complete suicide at rates commensurate with the general population, at the minimum. Suicide is listed as the third leading cause of death in adolescents between the ages of 15 and 24. For youth ages 10 ...

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