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NCJ Number: 128389 Find in a Library
Title: Diagnosis of Youth At-Risk for Suicide, Pregnancy, and Drug and Alcohol Abuse (From Promoting Success with At-Risk Students: Emerging Perspectives and Practical Approaches, P 25-41, 1990, Louis J Kruger, ed. -- See NCJ-128388)
Author(s): D A Sabatino; R R Smith
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
Sale Source: Haworth Press, Inc
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This overview of suicidal adolescents, pregnant teenagers, and youth drug and alcohol abuse emphasizes diagnostic and assessment procedures and risk management.
Abstract: At-risk youth include students who are failing academically and who also display unwanted social-personal behaviors that lead to possible adjudication or require community support services. Suicide is the second leading cause of adolescent death in the United States. The most common method of suicide is drug overdose. The most frequent theme verbalized as a reason for suicide is depression, expressed through sexual promiscuity, school failure, and atypical eating and sleeping habits. An estimated 1.2 million adolescents bear 550,000 children each year. Many of the same factors associated with adolescent drug use are also predictors of teenage pregnancy. At least 23 percent of school-age youth have used drugs at least once in the last month, and 75 percent of all drugs used by youth are purchased on school grounds. Alcohol use is extremely common among adolescents, with drinking considered by adolescents to be a socially normal, adult-modeled behavior. Alternatives to traditional diagnostic procedures for at-risk youth are examined from the perspective of determining whether they can provide information needed to develop a client management plan. A continuing diagnostic process providing the data base for a client information system is proposed. Such diagnostic practices can promote the early recognition of at-risk behaviors, thus increasing the general awareness that is crucial to preventive efforts. 50 references
Main Term(s): Children at risk
Index Term(s): Adolescent pregnancy; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile suicide; Underage Drinking
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