ERIC Number: ED212384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Disabling Emotion in Young Children with Particular Reference to Depression and Suicide: An Overview of Current Research. Unit for Child Studies Selected Papers Number 12.
A review of the literature and a survey of texts show a remarkable absence of concern and reference to depression and suicidal behavior in young children. The meaning of death, the depressive and suicidal consequences of the agony of aloneness, and the fear of parental hostility, rage and abandonment are elements of early and middle childhood living denied recognition by parents and professionals alike. Only a few researchers, mostly in recent years, have paid attention to these problems. This paper reviews this research with particular reference to findings related to depression and suicide in young children. First, childhood depression is discussed in terms of its symptoms and types, related factors (such as relationships with parents, caregivers, and peers), and treatment. Second, the nature of suicide in young children, factors which may underlie suicidal behavior in young children (such as family dynamics, rejection by the peer group, and school performance), the child's concept of death, and patterns of discovery and treatment are considered. (Author/MP)
Descriptors: Depression (Psychology), Emotional Disturbances, Infants, Literature Reviews, Parent Child Relationship, Suicide, Therapy, Young Children
Unit for Child Studies, School of Education, University of New South Wales, P.O. Box 1, Kensington, NSW 2033, Australia ($2.00; payment should be made in Australian dollars).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). School of Education.
Note: For other papers in this series, see ED 204 029-037 and PS 012 652-660.