ERIC Number: ED302755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-10
An Assessment of Selected Educators' Understandings of Adolescent Suicide.
Peach, Larry; Reddick, Thomas L.
Since school principals are responsible for: providing leadership for the school; managing programs for the social, education, and psychological welfare of students; and ensuring the health and safety of the student body, it was decided that a study of principals' attitudes and understanding of teenage suicide was needed. To examine this issue, questionnaires were completed by 218 principals selected from public school systems in Tennessee. The results revealed that 93% of the principals surveyed considered teenage suicide to be a matter of serious concern. Approximately 20% of respondents were personally acquainted with a student who had committed suicide. Only 6% of principals knew of cases where students had tried unsuccessfully to commit suicide. Ninety percent of principals reported that an ongoing prevention program was needed in the public schools. While 28% of respondents thought that they would handle the situation well should a student commit suicide, 90% stated that all educators should receive special training in working with students showing suicidal characteristics. Ninety percent indicated that parents should be notified when students showed problem symptoms. This report also presents an item-by-item analysis of responses, a set of recommendations based on the findings, and an extensive literature review which lists warning signs of potential suicide and suggestions for appropriate interventions. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Social Science Association (November 1988).