Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


This literature review evaluated suicidal ideation among adolescent and young adults with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN) and binge eating disorder (BED) along with the association of gender, psychological comorbidities, self-injurious behaviors, family systems and cultural implications. Eating disorders, with co-occurring psychological comorbidities tend to have a higher incidence of suicidal intent and self-injurious behaviors. For example eating disorders with a comorbidity of depression tend to have a higher association with suicide attempts. Eating disorders who exhibit suicidal ideation need to have prompt attention. At this point it is imperative that the suicidal patient be hospitalized and stabilized before eating behaviors are prioritized