ERIC Number: ED398502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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Suicide Postvention Model for Public Schools: Expanding the Role of School Psychology.
Tentoni, Stuart C.; Storm, Heidi A.
The adolescent suicide rate in the United States has tripled in the last 25 years. While suicides cause tremendous familial complications, this act also causes significant upheaval in the public school environment. The purpose of this paper is to offer an updated theoretical rationale as to why children and early adolescents are choosing suicide as their only option. A model for suicide postvention is also presented in which the school psychologist would play a prominent role in assessing student needs and assisting students in coping with the aftermath of suicide. It is hypothesized that baby boomer parents, in an effort to correct dysfunctional behaviors from their families of origin, have done two things that could lead to the increased adolescent suicides: (1) they cushioned or protected their child from failing at anything; and (2) they led the child to believe that he or she was "special," which increased the gap between reality and expectations when failure inevitably occurs. The goals of postvention are to help students, faculty, and staff with the grieving process and to prevent further suicides. It is recommended that someone from the crisis team, preferably the school psychologist, be assigned the responsibility to attend the class schedule of the decedent. (JBJ)
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