skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 118722 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Suicide Attempters Presenting To A Pediatric Facility
Journal: Adolescence  Volume:24  Issue:94  Dated:(Summer 1989)  Pages:467-472
Author(s): M S Jay; C J Graham; C Flowers
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study profiles the characteristics of adolescent suicide attempters and the treatment they received in a pediatric emergency room (ER).
Abstract: A retrospective chart review of 4,072 adolescents seen in the ER at a children's hospital (CH) from July 1984 to June 1985 was undertaken. Twenty-seven adolescents who had deliberately injured themselves were identified. The average age was 14 years 7 months (range 11-19 years). Fifty-two percent of the patients were white and 78 percent were female. Ingestion was the most common method (78 percent), followed by attempted hanging (11 percent) and wrist laceration (7 percent). After evaluation by a pediatrician in the ER, 30 percent of the patients were treated and released, 11 percent were transferred directly to a psychiatric hospital, 59 percent were admitted to CH, with an average hospital stay of 1.88 days. Once hospitalized, consultations from psychiatry (81 percent), social service (50 percent), psychology (19 percent), and neurology (6 percent) were obtained. At the time of discharge from either the ER or CH, the patients had a variety of plans for ongoing care, with 52 percent being referred to outpatient counseling, 37 percent being transferred to a psychiatric hospital, and 11 percent having no documented plan for ongoing care. These results demonstrate that the evaluation of suicidal adolescents cared for in a pediatric facility may be episodic and suggest the need for a comprehensive program to approach the problem. 16 references. (Publisher abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile suicide
Index Term(s): Suicide causes; Suicide prevention
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.