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NCJ Number: 152708 Find in a Library
Title: Exploring Gender Differences in Suicidal Behavior Among Adolescent Offenders: Findings and Implications
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:45  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1994)  Pages:134-138
Author(s): D Miller
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because little is known about gender characteristics of the suicidal behavior of adolescent offenders, this study investigated gender differences and similarities in suicide ideation, suicide attempts, and rationales offered for suicidal behavior by adolescent offenders.
Abstract: The study sample included 39 male and 45 female adolescent offenders in juvenile correctional facilities. The adolescents were court-ordered to the facilities for a variety of status and criminal offenses that ranged from ungovernability to assault. Subjects completed the Student Questionnaire which supplied self- report information on suicidal behavior. Findings indicated that female adolescent offenders thought about and attempted suicide significantly more often than male adolescent offenders. Although significant differences were observed between males and females in their stated rationales for suicidal behavior, most adolescents reported hopelessness as a primary reason for suicide. Implications of the study results for suicide interventions and education are discussed, particularly the need to improve adolescent coping abilities. 29 references and 2 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile suicide
Index Term(s): Corrections; Female juvenile delinquents; Female offenders; Gender issues; Juvenile offenders; Male female offender comparisons; Male juvenile delinquents; Male offenders; Suicide causes; Suicide prevention
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