ERIC Number: ED299495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Identification, Prevention, and Treatment of the Suicidal Adolescent and Societal Attitudes toward Suicide.
Irvin, George, Jr.
This document reviews the literature on adolescent suicide, focusing on factors and warning signs leading to suicide. After a brief introduction, 10 terms such as "adolescent" and "suicide" are defined. Sixteen annotations of articles on the identification of the suicidal adolescent are presented. Eighteen annotations of articles on the prevention of adolescent suicide are included. Seven annotations of articles on the treatment of suicidal adolescents and suicide ideators are presented. Eleven annotations of articles on societal attitudes toward suicide are included. After a summary of the literature review, these conclusions are stated: (1) the necessity of education regarding the myths of suicide was recognized; (2) program development for staff to provide information and education was recommended; (3) teachers and school personnel are in the best position to perceive suicidal tendencies since they spend so much time with adolescents; (4) sociological factors played a major part in the the vulnerability of adolescents' feelings; (5) alcohol and drug abuse, as well as depression, were found to have a significant relationship to suicide; (6) the family should be included as part of the treatment program for suicide attempters; (7) television broadcasts did cause imitative suicides; (8) tests predicting suicidal behavior were found to provide significant enough correlations to warrant use of the tests; (9) school prevention, intervention and response plans were recommended; (10) follow-up counseling for suicide attempters and survivors is needed; and (11) there appears to be a trend of more tolerance toward suicide. Four recommendations for schools and teachers in the area of education about suicide and prevention and response to suicide are presented. (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Exit Project, Indiana University at South Bend.