ERIC Number: ED276130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
The Trauma of Adolescent Suicide: A Time for Special Leadership by Principals.
Dempsey, Richard A.
This monograph provides principals and school officials with information about coping with adolescent suicide. Section 1, "Introduction," discusses the uncomfortable nature of the topic, cites statistics, and recommends that preventive programs be developed. Section 2, "Causes of Suicide," analyzes stress and depression among youth and suggests that adults become aware of symptoms. "Myths about Suicide," section 3, dispells eight myths, including: (1) Those who openly talk about suicide never commit it; (2) there are suicidal-type people; (3) suicidal people are completely intent on dying; and (4) suicide victims are always mentally ill or psychotic. Section 4, "Warning Signs," discusses clues that are verbal, behavioral, and situational in nature. Prevention techniques involve questions that school officials can ask to gain further insight. "Alienation from the Family," section 5, briefly interprets the effect of family changes upon young people. Section 6, "Prevention," recommends that schools form crisis and study teams, increase staff awareness, initiate parent and health programs, and develop a student peer helping program. Section 7, "What If Tragedy Occurs," presents plans for schools to respond to a suicide, including support activities by the principal. "Afterthoughts," section 8, recommends that principals understand the repercussions of suicide among others and upon themselves. (CJH)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Adolescents, Cooperative Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Needs Assessment, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Prevention, Student Needs, Student Problems, Student School Relationship, Suicide
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.