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NCJ Number: 51827 Find in a Library
Title: ADOLESCENT SUICIDE
Journal: ADVOCACY FOR CHILDREN  Dated:(FALL 1978)  Pages:2-10
Author(s): C J FREDERICK
Corporate Author: US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Office of Human Development Services Children's Bureau
United States of Amer
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE INCIDENCE OF SUICIDE AMONG ADOLESCENTS, WARNING SIGNS, AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES ARE CONSIDERED.
Abstract: SUICIDE RATES AMONG PERSONS IN THE 10-19 AGE GROUP HAVE TRIPLED SINCE THE 1950'S. THE NEED FOR HEIGHTENED AWARENESS AND INCREASED EFFORTS IN SEEKING SOLUTIONS TO THIS PROBLEM EXISTS AT THE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LEVELS. THE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF TEACHERS, PARENTS, PEERS, THE CLERGY, AND CONCERNED PROFESSIONS IN SUCH EFFORTS IS REQUIRED. YOUNG FEMALES HAVE HIGHER SUICIDE ATTEMPT RATE; HOWEVER, YOUNG MALES HAVE A HIGHER RATE OF COMPLETED SUICIDES. THE PROFILE OF A TYPICAL MALE SUICIDE VICTIM IS CHARACTERIZED BY AN INADEQUATE OR BROKEN FATHER-SON RELATIONSHIP, WHILE THAT OF THE YOUNG FEMALE IS CHARACTERIZED BY A NARCISSISTIC AND DEMANDING MOTHER COUPLED WITH AN INEFFECTUAL FATHER. FEELINGS OF SELF-PERCEIVED INEPTITUDE, HELPLESSNESS AND HOPLESSNESS ARE TYPICAL SYMPTOMS, INDICATED BY ANXIETY, SLEEPLESSNESS, REJECTION, AND FRUSTRATION. HEAVY SMOKING AND DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE ARE ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH ADOLESCENT SUICIDE. FEELINGS OF PERSONAL WORTH AND ACHIEVEMENT ARE OFTEN UNDERMINED BY PRESSURES ARISING FROM THE ADOLESCENT'S SOCIOECONOMIC CONDITION, HOME, AND PEERS. CLUES TO THE POTENTIAL SUICIDE VICTIM MAY BE DIRECT OR INDIRECT VERBAL, BEHAVIORAL, OR SITUATIONAL. A HISTORY OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT MAY BE PRESENT. THE FOLLOWING PREVENTIVE STEPS FOR DEALING WITH THE SUICIDAL ADOLESCENT ARE SUGGESTED: (1) LISTEN; (2) EVALUATE THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE YOUNGSTER'S THOUGHTS; (3) EVALUATE THE INTENSITY OR SEVERITY OF THE EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCE; (4) TAKE EVERY COMPLAINT AND FEELING EXPRESSED SERIOUSLY; (5) DO NOT AVOID ASKING DIRECTLY IF THE INDIVIDUAL HAS THOUGHT OF SUICIDE; (6) DO NOT BE MISLED BY THE YOUNGSTER'S COMMENTS THAT THE EMOTIONAL CRISIS IS OVER; (7) BE AFFIRMATIVE BUT SUPPORTIVE; (8) EVALUATE THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE; (9) ACT SPECIFICALLY AND TANGIBLY; AND (10) FEEL FREE TO ASK FOR ASSISTANCE AND CONSULTATION. A BRIEF BIBLIOGRAPHY IS INCLUDED. (MPK)
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Juvenile treatment evaluation; Juveniles; Psychology; Suicide; Suicidology; Young Adults (18-24); Youth (Under 15)
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