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ERIC Number: ED383964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Pages: 22
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Preventing Adolescent Suicide.
Capuzzi, David
The adolescent at risk for suicidal preoccupation and behavior has become an increasing concern for schools and communities. This paper presents some of the causes of teen suicide, things adults should know about adolescent suicide prevention, and what can be done to help such youth. The transition to adolescence is a complex time when many values may be questioned. Family dysfunctions, such as poor communication skills, resistance to grieving, difficulties with single parenting, and abusive interactions can further confuse this already difficult period. Likewise, environmental pressures, such as academic achievement, constant mobility and the availability of drugs, can lead to depression and the inability to cope with stress. It is emphasized that knowledge is the most effective tool in preventing suicide. Adults should be aware of the myths associated with suicides, such as the myth that adolescents who talk about suicide never actually attempt suicide or that suicide is hereditary. Adults also must be able to recognize the profile of the suicidal adolescent so that referral and intervention can take place. Included in this profile are behaviors, such as a lack of concern about personal welfare, verbal cues, and altered behavioral patterns and personality traits. Adults can help an adolescent who manifests an interest in suicide by expressing their concern for the child, developing a rapport, and facilitating a meeting with a counselor or crisis team member. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the "Safe Schools, Safe Students: A Collaborative Approach to Achieving Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools Conducive to Learning" Conference (Washington, DC, October 28-29, 1994). For a related document, see ED 344 145.