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NCJ Number: 153384 Find in a Library
Title: Foster Care Series: Interview on Adolescent Suicide
Corporate Author: Father Flanagan's Boys' Home
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Father Flanagan's Boys' Home
Boys Town, NE 68010
Sale Source: Father Flanagan's Boys' Home
13603 Flanagan Blvd
Boys Town, NE 68010
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Intended for foster parents caring for sexually abused children, this training videotape presents an interview with a psychologist who explains the added risks of suicide among sexually abused children and adolescents and provides practical guidance to foster parents on how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and what to do or say if a child is suicidal.
Abstract: The discussion notes that the juvenile suicide rate has tripled since the 1950's, but has not increased during the last several years. The psychologist also emphasizes that although sexually abused children are at greater risk of suicide than others, foster parents must be alert to specific signs of depression and suicide. They should also be familiar with the child's family history and should watch for specific behavioral indicators, particularly suicidal statements, a change in the normal behavior pattern, or uncontrolled drug abuse. To prevent suicide, they should talk to the child about how they love and will protect the child. If they conclude that the child is suicidal, they should promptly seek assistance from the caseworker and emergency services and recognize that the child must be placed elsewhere temporarily. Although the foster family will be the best setting for most children's future return, some children may require a different setting.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Foster adolescents; Foster homes; Foster parents; Juvenile suicide; Psychological victimization effects; Sexual assault victims; Suicide causes; Suicide prevention
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