Boys who have spent large parts of their childhood in loneliness are exposed to a higher risk of suicide in later life, according to Swedish study. Men who indicated that they were lonely when they were 12-13 years of age had a higher risk of committing suicide as young adults, according to a Swedish study. The Swedish sociologist Yerko Rojas has analysed the link between childhood loneliness and risk of suicide as a young adult. He found a clear correlation. In Rojas’ research, loneliness at age 12-13 years was linked to a threefold increase in the risk of subsequent suicide. “The phrasing of the question makes it clear that this is not a question of being lonely once in a while,” Yerko Rojas stresses. He works at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Stockholm and recently wrote his PhD thesis on loneliness and suicide. He analysed the results of a school survey in which children were asked with whom they spent time. Boys who stated “Mostly, I am by myself” were at increased suicide risk later on, at age 24 and 25.
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